How do people feel about the Environmental positions of either candidate, especially in regards to public lands management? I read Romney's position papers with some interest, and his Energy policy leaves the door open to interpretation.
"Empower states to control onshore energy development
States will be empowered to control all forms of energy production on all lands within their borders, excluding only those that are specifically designated off-limits. Federal agencies will certify, but the states will lead."
By off-limits, that would pertain to wilderness areas and national parks and refuge areas, of course. But it leaves a large swath of lands (more than 500 million acres) under the purview of the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management subject and Fish and Wildlife Service at first blush, to the whims of states.
I am uncertain how his idea would be implemented. It would seem very difficult to have, on one hand, a federal system for managing lands superseded by policies of individual states.
This could create very contentious issues in several western states where the majority of public lands are located. The president nominates members of his cabinet, including the Department of the Interior.
Romney positions have evolved considerably since his term as governor of Massachusetts. His positions towards environmental stewardship has gravitated from a fairly environmentally friendly stance to one that closely mirrors Republican positions (pro-coal, eager to revamp clean water/clean air acts, supportive of fracking and generally not to eager to address emissions.)
Obviously, these issues, as backpackers, affect all of us (just as does the economy).