President Trump is steadily making progress undoing his predecessor’s shameful legacy to undermine American values and weaken the country. The President announced on Monday his intention to slash two large swaths of federal land acquisitions in the American West.
President Trump traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to announce that the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Bears Ears National Monument would be dramatically reduced in size. These enormous land grabs were the work of Democrat former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.
Check it out, per The Washington Post:
President Trump on Monday drastically scaled back two national monuments established in Utah by his Democratic predecessors, the largest reduction of public-lands protection in U.S. history.
Trump’s move to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by more than 1.1 million acres and more than 800,000 acres, respectively, immediately sparked an outpouring of praise from conservative lawmakers as well as protests by activists outside the White House and in Utah. The changes plunge the Trump administration into uncharted legal territory, as no president has sought to modify monuments established under the 1906 Antiquities Act in more than half a century.
His decision removes about 85 percent of the designation of Bears Ears and nearly 46 percent of that for Grand Staircase-Escalante, land that potentially could now be leased for energy exploration or opened for specific activities such as motorized vehicle use.
Trump told a rally in Salt Lake City that he came to “reverse federal overreach” and took dramatic action “because some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong.”
A very big week for Utah’s own Senator @OrrinHatch with tax reform, Bears Ears reversion, and a presidential visit.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 2, 2017
“Utah has become ground zero for politically motivated national monument designations that are excessive in size and contemptuous of peoples’ livelihoods,” said Rep. Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
“The president has stood against prior abuses of executive power, and his administration has demonstrated a commitment to work in concert with local communities to protect unique public antiquities and objects the right way.”
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