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Old December 4th, 2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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The GOP War On Our National Parks

If ever there was an example of the stupidity and complete disregard for our environment, our parks and all our public land it's the latest news about Trump's plan to shrink Bears Ears Monument/Park.

SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump is expected to announce a historic reduction to Bears Ears National Monument on Monday, a sprawling region of red rock canyons in Utah that has been at the center of a national fight over how much land a president can legally set aside for protection.

The Trump administration plans to announce that he will shrink the monument by between 77 and 92 percent, according to statements from the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah. It would be the largest reduction of a national monument to date, and it comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands.

The move is particularly significant because it is expected to trigger a legal battle that could alter the course of American land conservation, possibly opening millions of protected public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/u...ears-ears.html

If you haven't read the GOP Platform lately, here it is:
“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”

The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain” public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.

The inclusion of this provision in the Republican Party’s platform reflects the growing influence of and ideological alliance between several anti-park members of the GOP and anti-government extremists, led by Cliven Bundy, who dispute the federal government’s authority over national public lands.

AND Trump's reason for shrinking the park?? Two words: Barack Obama.
It was Obama who created the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, as well as the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada.
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As I mentioned in another thread, mining low-grade coal is one of the activities proposed for the demoted public lands Trump is freeing from excessive regulations, land that also includes Grand Staircase Escalante.

Incredible rock formations in an arid environment cannot be reclaimed, period.
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Two separate lobbying pushes are underway urging Congress to create new multi-billion dollar tax credits benefiting virtually all coal and nuclear power plants across the U.S.

The price tags: up to $65 billion for coal and $4.8 billion for nuclear.
https://www.axios.com/exclusive-coal...mpaign=organic
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