An Urgent Message from Robert Redford

I am copying this email I received to this blog entry because I believe it is important to be proactive in such things and there is little time to act.  Please read and respond my friends.

Love and Light,




Please consider adding your name to this and telling your friends about
it. Red Rock Country is amazing pristine and beautiful. The thought of
oil companies destroying the place just makes my heart sink.

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Friends, we only have a few days left to mobilize one
million Americans against the Bush-Cheney plan to auction off
America's Redrock wilderness to oil and gas speculators.

Please FORWARD my message to everyone you know and help block
this outrageous giveaway of our natural heritage. Thank you for
doing your part to save this natural treasure. -- Robert Redford

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Dear Friend,

No one voted on Election Day to hand over Utah's Redrock
wilderness to oil companies.

But the Bush Administration cynically chose that very day to
advance an outrageous plan that will sell off leases for some
160,000 acres of spectacular Utah canyonlands to oil and gas

While America was voting for Barack Obama and his vision of a
clean energy future, Bush and Cheney's underlings were
conspiring to plunder one of the crown jewels of our natural
heritage for their fossil fuel cronies.

Please register your own opposition right now:
http://www.nrdconli xpSMWwn13PJm/

The auction of Redrock country will take place on December 19.
At stake are world-renowned vistas near Canyonlands and Arches
National Parks, as well as near Dinosaur National Monument. The
highest bidders will earn the right to turn vast tracts of
pristine wilderness into industrial wastelands.

It's bad enough that Bush officials went behind the backs of the
American people with this disastrous scheme. But what's worse,
they didn't even tell their own National Park Service until
after the fact.

In my mind, this theft of our heritage goes beyond the cynical
-- it's criminal. What will be left to give to our children and
their children if we allow this administration, in a parting
shot, to destroy our legacy of public lands for short-term gain?

I hope you're as angry as I am about this blatant land grab,
because we've got to stop it -- and we have to act fast. The
NRDC Action Fund is mobilizing more than one million Americans
in an outpouring of protest over the coming days.

Send your own message of opposition immediately:
http://www.nrdconli xpSMWwn13PJm/

Tell the Bush Administration that you will not allow it to
destroy one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

We'll automatically send copies of your message to your two
senators, your representative and to the Obama transition team,
which has signaled their opposition to this disastrous attack on
our Redrock heritage.

The Bush Administration is racing to complete the auction of our
lands before Inauguration Day, which will make sales difficult
to reverse.

We must fend off this land grab now -- before the oil and gas
companies can lay claim to the spoils.

Those spoils include stretches of Desolation Canyon, which has
been proposed for national park status. Bush's own Interior
Department describes the canyon as "a place where a visitor can
experience true solitude -- where the forces of nature continue
to shape the colorful, rugged landscape."

The very idea of oil and gas operations invading these remote
sanctuaries -- which have remained untouched for millennia -- is
deeply upsetting. Once the dirty deed is done, our wilderness
can never be restored. That's why I'm asking you to help us
sound the alarm and organize now.

Tell the Bush Administration to cancel the Redrock auction:
http://www.nrdconli xpSMWwn13PJm/

Remind them that we the people are the rightful owners of this
majestic wilderness and that we won't stand for its destruction.

And thank you for joining with me and the NRDC Action Fund to
save these beautiful wildlands for all future generations.


Robert Redford
NRDC Action Fund

P.S. After you send your own message of protest, I'll let you
know of an easy way to spread the word to your friends and
http://www.nrdconli xpSMWwn13PJm/ . With only 10 days
to mobilize one million Americans, I'm counting on you to rally
everyone you know to speak out and save this precious wilderness
from destruction.

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The NRDC Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC).



Thomas-Rene's picture

Namaste, Berry and thank you for the call to action.



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Shaun75's picture


thank you for posting this..


much love to you and all...



Berry's picture

It seems that the protest didn't have sufficient energy to work as the auction went on as scheduled with one exception.  There was one person who did all he could to disrupt the auction of the pristine land by bidding the going bid higher.  The problem was he had now means to pay for the bids.   Hehehe!.  In any case it but a wrench in the works for the day.  I have not heard anything further as MSM is not even putting any word out on the whole situation.


With Light and Love brightening the dark side


Berry's picture

It seems that the proactive protest did have some effect. Here is a letter from Robert Redford letting us know that our actions did in the end provide results.


"Democracy is working: We have just won an eleventh-hour reprieve for Utah's Redrock Wilderness!

Over the past two weeks, you helped us spark a national outcry against the Bush Administration's plan to auction off pristine wildlands near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to oil and gas speculators. And I want to thank you specially for joining our cause and taking action with us for the first time.

Last Wednesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit to block this outrageous giveaway of our public lands.

The very next day, Bush officials agreed to a last-minute deal that could save these 100,000 magnificent acres from destruction -- pending a federal court's decision.

Under the deal, the Bureau of Land Management went ahead with its auction of the wildlands on Friday. However, they will NOT issue the leases to the winning bidders until a federal court considers our case in January.

The bottom line: no oil or gas company will get their hands on our public lands unless and until a federal judge says they can.

We are going to get our day in court with the Bush Administration, and you can be sure that NRDC will go all out to prevail on that court to save these wilderness treasures for the American people.

It's our land, it's our legacy, and we intend to keep it for our children and grandchildren.

I will be sure to keep you updated as this courtroom drama unfolds next month. In the meantime, I want to thank you again for making your voice heard and supporting NRDC in this campaign to save America's Redrock canyonlands.

This distressing attack on our natural heritage during the holiday season is a welcome reminder that we must never take that birthright for granted. No one can quantify the beauty of wildness, or put a price on silence and solitude. We are indebted to those previous generations who, in their wisdom, fought to preserve this precious legacy. Now it is our turn to fight.

I want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

Robert Redford
Natural Resources Defense Council


With Light and Love brightening the dark side


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