To The Man With The Evil Grin!"
"Take only memories; leave nothing but
footprints." - Chief Seattle
have a new hero, Tim DeChristopher. That's his picture
to the left. Isn't he just dreamy?
Before you get any weird ideas allow me to explain.
the Bush administration, on its way out the door, decided
federal lands to
anyone interested in stripping them of their raw materials.
Enter Mr. DeChristopher, age 27, a recent college graduate
of economics who took umbrage at this stunt and decided to
So he registered for the auction and promptly bought $1.7
million worth of these lands. He would have bought more but
the auction found his habit of over-paying for the land a
bit suspicious and had the guards throw him out. But the
land he successfully bid for are still legally his... if
he can come up with the dough. Currently, the Center for
Water Advocacy is planning on paying for the parcels of land
at the same time establishing a legal defense fund should
it come to that.
We need more people like Tim, and more organizations like
For more details on this story, specifically about how the
oil industry colludes to keep the land prices in these types
of auctions absurdly low, you can read more about it here.