By Norris McDonald
I was invited by The White House to join them in the East Room for a special America's Great Outdoors event. Unfortunately, the event is on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 and I am scheduled to be in Mississippi for our 4th scoping visit to build a biomass electricity generating power plant [See Green Electric]. Dang it. I hate missing White House events.
Last year I attended the America's Great Outdoors event at the U.S. Department of the Interior. President Obama spoke at that event. I was invited to the White House two years ago for the signing of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 by President Obama. See video below [don't blink or you will miss me in the video]:
Last April, President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, and charged the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to develop, in partnership with the American people, a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. Over the summer, senior Administration officials began a national conversation at 51 listening sessions and generated over 105,000 comments from people all across America who shared their ideas about approaches to protect our lands and waters, connect Americans to the outdoors and to our natural heritage, and to empower local communities to protect and restore the places they love. (The White House)