CLEAR Away Your Choices (And Your Jobs) Part 2

In “CLEAR Away Your Choices (And Your Jobs) Part 1″ we looked at how the CLEAR act completely removes freedom from the free market.  But this act has a doubly negative effect and therefore must be looked at in two articles. This article will focus on the impact that CLEAR will have on the economy and the employment situation in America. (For a description of CLEAR see part 1.)

The CLEAR act will have a domino effect:

The CLEAR act is a bill that would, by auctioning off carbon based fuels to companies create a revenue of one billion dollars per year (meanwhile increasing energy prices for everyone). It would put this money into the hands of federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife service and the National Park Service. This money would be used to lock away huge amounts of the precious and very necessary, natural resources such as water, oil and minerals. This obviously will cause the available supply to plummet while the demand will remain the same. This in simple economics, causes prices to sky rocket.

Another (unauthorized and unaccounted for) billion would go to agencies for the specific purpose of buying up land. Maybe buying is the wrong word, since what will be happening in reality is that they will be grabbing the land and throwing token checks to the landowners in lieu of a purchase.  There is no way a private land owner can fight these buyouts, since their land would be condemned by these agencies if they refuse to sell.

Once these lands have been “purchased” landowners will be forced to find somewhere else to live, as these tracts of land will now become a part of the ever growing stockpile of wildlife reserves. This in turn forces farmers and those in the rural west to move to cities. These cities become mega cities and the rural west is destroyed.

The biggest wake up call here is that the CLEAR act has already passed the House and moved into the Senate. We need to stop it before it’s too late. This is a basic and blatant violation of property rights guaranteed to us in our constitution.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.