Opponents of Alaska wilderness road enlist ex-secretary Babbitt

I found this in my McClatchy update this morning… with everything else that has changed for the worse in America since Reagan, the state of our National preserves is one thing I would hope would remain pristine in the face of corporate advances.
clipped from www.mcclatchydc.com
Opponents of a proposed road through Alaska’s Izembek Wildlife Refuge have enlisted the help of an environmental heavyweight: former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Babbitt, a former Arizona governor who served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, has signed a letter asking the current occupant of the office, Ken Salazar, to find that a road through the refuge is not in the public interest.

If Salazar agrees to the road, it would the first-ever road authorized in a wilderness area in the 45-year history of the Wilderness Act, Babbitt warned, setting a “dangerous precedent.”

The road could “jeopardize all the wilderness lands that we and so many others have worked tirelessly to set aside for future generations: every national park, refuge and wilderness area that the Department is pledged to protect,” Babbitt wrote to Salazar.

The Interior Department is reviewing Babbitt’s letter, said spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff.

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