Western Lands Debate, One Hour China
  • Mar 11, 2016 10:44 pm
  • 1:42:00 mins

Western Lands Debate (1:02) Guests: Rob Bishop, Utah Congressman, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Co-sponsor of the Public Lands Initiative; Christopher Solomon, Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine; Brigham Daniels, Law Professor at Brigham Young University specializing in environmental and natural resources law The federal government owns nearly half the American West, and even larger portions of the land in states like Utah, Nevada and Oregon—where angry state’s rights activists recently occupied a wildlife refuge for 41 days. Behind that occupation was the belief that lands owned by the federal government would be better managed by locals. For the past three years, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop has been spearheading what some might consider an impossible task. He’s out to craft a “grand bargain” to settle land disputes that have plagued this state for nearly a century. His proposal, released in January, places millions of acres into new wilderness areas across Eastern Utah, while also opening up vast stretches of land for oil and gas development and off-road vehicle access. Nobody is entirely happy with the plan – as is the case with compromises. If it clears Congress, it could be a template for resolving land disputes across the West. One Hour China Book (52:10) Guest: Jeffrey Towson, Private Equity Investor, Professor at Peking University’s Business School in Beijing, Co-author of “The One Hour China Book” The press is fixated on China’s economic woes at the moment – a slumping stock market, looming debt crisis and possible recession. That’s quite a turnaround from the breathless reports of China’s booming growth and goldmine potential for investors that dominated coverage up until about a year ago. Neither take on China’s economy is particularly helpful, according to Jeffrey Towson. The country is developing so rapidly and on such a vast and complex scale that instability and chaos are natural.

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