Llano County Commissioners Flex Against

Federal Overreach and Private Property Restrictions

On March 14, 2022 Llano County Commissioners Court passed a resolution opposing the radical federal “30 x 30 program” that seeks to permanently restrict 30% of America’s land and oceans by 2030.

This action puts Llano County in good company with many states and municipalities who are on the front lines of the fight against the federal government. The effort to push back is underway:

  • 15 governors have signed a letter opposing this resolution and stated that it infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of citizens, states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah

  • 62 members of the U.S. House and Senate have signed a letter opposing the policy

  • Counties across multiple states are passing resolutions opposing the policy

About the 30 x 30 Land Grab

In 2019, the progressive organization Center for American Progress (CAP) published the primary report supporting the 30 x 30 program, entitled “How Much Nature Should America Keep.” This was followed by a Resolution calling for the 30 x 30 program to be introduced in the US House and Senate. One of the Senate co-sponsors was current Vice President, Kamala Harris. On the House side, one of the key co-sponsors was Representative Debra Haaland, the current Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

CAP was founded through funding from George Soros backed foundations. It was supported by well-known progressive elites, including Michael Bloomberg. Its board of directors includes John Podesta, Stacey Abrams, Julian Castro and Tom Daschle.

The program was adopted by the Biden Administration through Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” (86 Fed. Reg. 7,619), signed January 27, 2021.

Proponents argued that climate impacts are human-caused, and permanently preserving 30% of America’s land and oceans is necessary to reverse climate change. While 30% by 2030 is the target proponents are aggressively pursuing today, the CAP report sets a long-term goal of permanently preserving 50% of our lands and oceans by 2050.

30 x 30 is an unconstitutional policy shift, moving us from a nation founded on private property principles to one controlled by the administrative state. The policy insinuates that rural landowners are incapable of properly caring for the land, which is why the administrative state must assume control. It appears the program is being pushed not for scientific purposes but rather to usher in a fundamental policy shift that erodes constitutional protections by placing vast tracts of land, both private and federal, off-limits to economic use and development.

Debunking the radical narrative

The Heritage Foundation has released a new report authored by Rob Gordon, a seasoned conservation and natural resource expert that answers the question of whether America’s lands, habitat, and wildlife are declining as proponents of the 30×30 agenda claim. The report is titled, “Lands and Habitat in the United States: A Reality Check.”

Using actual land use trends and wildlife populations as an indicator of habitat availability, the report finds the 30×30 advocates and the Biden Administration’s claims are unfounded.

What’s next?

We need to grow this movement and build more support for this in our region and across our state. Talk to your friends and neighbors to better educate the community. Use the information linked below to get the conversation started.

Resources

The Guide to Fight 30 x 30 includes sample resolutions opposing this policy

Stop 30 x 30 website