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Tongass Plan Fulfilling ‘Predetermined Outcome,’ Democrat Says

Nov. 13, 2019, 8:58 PM

A Trump administration plan to drop roadless area protections for America’s largest intact temperate rainforest fulfills a predetermined outcome, a Democratic lawmaker said at a Nov. 13 hearing.

“Instead of facts and independent analysis, we have greed and corruption,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said during a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on the proposal to exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule.

The Trump administration, at the request of the state of Alaska, is planning to open more than 9 million acres of some of North America’s most carbon-dense forests to loggers and new roads by...

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