Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why it Matters Today
Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why it Matters Today  -     By: William Perry Pendley
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Regnery Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1621571564
ISBN-13: 9781621571568

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The fascinating story of how Ronald Reagan, self-proclaimed "sagebrush rebel," took his revolutionary energy policies to Washington and revitalized the American economy.

Governor Reagan, with his unbridled faith in American ingenuity, creativity, and know-how and his confidence in the free-enterprise system, believed the United States would “transcend” the Soviet Union. To do so, however, President Reagan had to revive and revitalize an American economy reeling from a double-digit trifecta (unemployment, inflation, and interest rates), and he knew the economy could not grow without reliable sources of energy that America had in abundance.

The environmental movement was in its ascendancy and had persuaded Congress to enact a series of well-intentioned laws that posed threats of great mischief in the hands of covetous bureaucrats, radical groups, and activist judges. A conservationist and an environmentalist, Ronald Reagan believed in being a good steward. More than anything else, however, he believed in people; specifically, for him, people were part of the ecology as well. That was where the split developed.


William Perry Pendley, a former member of the Reagan administration and author of some of Reagan's most sensible energy and environmental policies, tells the gripping story of how Reagan fought the new wave of anti-human environmentalists and managed to enact laws that protected nature while promoting the prosperity and freedom of man—saving the American economy in the process.

Author Bio

A lawyer and former Marine, William Perry Pendley served in the Reagan administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he played a role in authoring Reagan's environmental policies. Now the president and chief legal officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation, Pendley is immersed in the practicalities of environmental law and understands better than anyone which policies protect both nature and man's freedom and prosperity.

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Author: William Perry Pendley
Located in: Denver, Colorado
Submitted: September 16, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, after which I received my J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where I was Senior Editor on Land and Water Law Review. I served as an attorney to former Senator Clifford P. Hansen (R-Wyoming) and to the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee. During the Reagan Administration, I served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where I authored President Reagan's National Minerals Policy and Exclusive Economic Zone proclamation. I was a consultant to former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Jr., and engaged in the private practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area before I returned to the West in 1989. I have argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as various federal courts of appeals. I won what Time called a "legal earthquake" when the Supreme Court ruled in my client's favor in the historic Adarand (equal protection) case. My monthly column, Summary Judgment, appears throughout the country. I am the author of four books: It Takes A Hero (1994); War on the West (1995); Warriors for the West (2006); and Sagebrush Rebel (2013). I am admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. I am married with two grown sons.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  President's Reagan's accomplishments regarding natural resources and the environment have NEVER been reported. As a member of his team, I felt obligated to report on a set of issues vitally important to Ronald Reagan then and critically important to America today.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  President Reagan, from his years as Governor of California, and from his years researching and writing about natural resources and environmental issues for his weekly radio addresses knew exactly what he wanted to accomplished and he continued to supervise the work that was being done to achieve his objectives after he got to the White House. People will also learn that what Reagan believed and what he did applies to the problems facing America today.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I realized what a great man, great thinker, and far-sighted visionary Reagan was. I admired him when I worked in his administration. I admire him even more today.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Ronald Reagan, his Secretaries of the Interior, Jim Watt, Bill Clark, Don Hodel, and all the men and women who worked with them.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  If you liked Ronald Reagan, you'll love Sagebrush Rebel.

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