Trump Finalizes Industry Friendly Plans For Gutted Utah Monuments
Our great anti-environmentalist!
Trump loves to cite records he thinks he has made. Well, here is one of his records:
Trump is responsible for "the largest rollback of national monuments in U.S. history" with his proclamations "opening up vast swaths [more than 2 million acres!] of previously protected federal land to extractive industries."
And he wonders why we are not cheering him.
"The Interior Department on Wednesday adopted final management plansthat allow for mining, drilling and other development on lands that the administration recently removed from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah.
The move comes a little more than two years after Trump signed a pair of proclamations to carve more than 2 million acres from the two protected Utah sites ― the largest rollback of national monuments in U.S. history — opening up vast swaths of previously protected federal land to extractive industries.
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The Trump administration has said that shrinking the monuments was about reversing federal overreach and not aimed at boosting energy and mineral development, but reporting by The New York Times and other outlets found otherwise. The boundary of Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35 million-acre landscape named after a pair of buttes and home to thousands of Native American archeological and cultural sites, was shrunk roughly 85 percent. The 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the largest land national monument in the country, was cut roughly in half.
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“It’s the height of arrogance for Trump to rush through final decisions on what’s left of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante while we’re fighting his illegal evisceration of these national monuments in court,” Randi Spivak, public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. . . .
Asked Wednesday why the Interior Department didn’t wait to finalize management plans until its legal challenges were settled, Hammond said, “If we stopped and waited for every piece of litigation to be resolved, we would never be able to do much of anything around here.”
Might as well get ready--there's probably going to be nothing but depressing news most days for the rest of the coming year. : (