LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the release of a new report by the Biden-Harris Administration on their 30 x 30 plan.
“Nebraskans have rightly been concerned about President Biden’s radical climate agenda and his 30 x 30 plan,” said Gov. Ricketts. “To date, his plans have been long on lofty goals and short on details, which has fueled speculation and concern. Today’s report provides few new details and more vague platitudes and goals—and it’s not good.”
“Nebraskans should not be deceived by the report’s ‘America the Beautiful’ branding. This rollout includes the endorsements of a wide array of environmental lobbying groups while mainstream agriculture stakeholders continue to be cut out of the process.”
“While the report states that 30 x 30 will include voluntary private measures, at least in part, this reassurance is not enough. If the Biden Administration really believed that voluntary measures worked, they would leave conservation efforts to the states and private landowners instead of pursuing a national strategy that imposes goals written by federal bureaucrats.”
“As President Biden’s 30 x 30 plan begins to evolve and take shape, my administration will work to stop any interference with our rights that arises. I encourage Nebraskans to be on the lookout in their community for potential federal interventions or other attempts to make land less available. Together, we can push back on federal overreach and protect our way of life.”
A copy of the report can be found by clicking here.
Fischer Statement on Biden Administration’s
30×30 Principles Outline
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released the text of its “America the Beautiful” initiative, which outlined principles regarding the Biden administration’s proposal for the federal government to conserve at least 30% of the nation’s land and water resources by 2030, known as “30×30”:
“Despite the lofty principles in this report, we are still nowhere closer to understanding how the administration would accomplish them. While the administration has made efforts recently to take into account feedback from land owners, farmers, and ranchers, this should have been done prior to announcing the proposal in January. Nebraskans are worried about this proposal and information as to how these principles will be implemented must be provided. I will work to ensure Nebraskans have a seat at the table throughout this process, and that their personal property rights are protected.”
On January 27, 2021 President Biden signed an executive order directing the Secretary of the Interior to develop a plan to conserve at least 30% of the lands and waterways in the U.S. by the year 2030. Today’s report released by the DOI outlines the principles of that 30×30 plan.
Senator Fischer has long been an opponent of the federal government expanding its control over land and water resources. She joined her colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden in March expressing concerns over the proposed 30×30 initiative’s potential impact on private land owners. She voted against confirming Interior Secretary Deb Haaland because of Haaland’s support of 30×30 and her unwillingness to provide details on the proposal when asked during her confirmation process.”