Western Democrats and environmentalists will have more influence on federal land decisions in Idaho and the West under President Barack Obama.
Decision makers will defer more to scientists on resource issues and spending priorities will shift toward protecting land, fish and wildlife, Democrats said Tuesday night.
But there is a tension between environmentalists who want him to reverse decisions made by the Bush Administration and Western Democrats who hope Obama’s pledge to govern in a "post-partisan" manner means he will bring a collaborative approach to public land issues.
"He’s not going to make some of the mistakes of the past," said Cecil Andrus, former Idaho governor and Jimmy Carter’s Interior Secretary. "He knows his history."
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