It is like living in a wilderness of mirrors. No fact goes unchallenged.
We had kind of a rocky start, but I spent a lot of time working with the President and handing him statistics and showing him what we were doing as we went along and kind of saying to him, you know, this is really important.
We have an obligation to live in harmony with creation, with our capital... with God's creation. And we need to administer and work that very carefully.
Well, I think breathing life into the Endangered Species Act, taking those wolves back into Yellowstone, restoring the salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
I think the people will- who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.
There's a basic kind of tension here. It's between those who say, I'd like to clear cut this forest and reduce it to saw timber because that's an economically productive thing for me to do.
Protecting all this land, working with the President to establish all these monuments, to, you know... I think the President has a land protection record that's second to no one in this century, maybe Teddy Roosevelt.
Well, it's not a pleasant experience. And it's a terribly political process, because that thing was initiated by the Congress and by, you know, our adversaries in the Congress.
I grew up in the West, grew up on the land, was educated as a geologist.
The Northwest is in better shape than it was eight years ago.
No kidding. That's really true. You're paying your own bills through this. It's not a pleasant experience.
I'm going to go out and get everybody together and say I think we ought to protect this for generations to come. Now, let's get down to work and walk the land and talk about the conflicts and get everybody involved.
Look, this job has always been a crucible of conflict.
What I finally did in 1995 was I said, I'm going to get out of this town and I'm going to go out West.
What we've proven is that you can protect the environment, use it wisely and grow the economy and that there is no conflict between the two.
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