Babbitt urges greater protection of public lands

Associated Press
Babbitt urges greater protection of public lands

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2001 file photo, then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt speaks in Coronado, Calif. Babbitt is urging President Barack Obama to step up efforts to conserve public lands as he begins his second term. Babbitt, who led Interior for eight years under President Bill Clinton, said Obama should adopt what Babbitt called a common-sense principle: For every acre of public land leased to the oil and gas industry, one acre should be permanently protected for future generations. Over the past four years, more than 6 million acres have been leased for oil and gas, compared with 2.6 million acres permanently protected. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

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