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    Default Re: Thousands protest in Utah against Trump's monument reduction plan

    Right now there is a big push in my state to protect the Sacred Chaco Canyon area in Northern NM too. The oil companies are interested in that area. Sacred to only some........ Not trying to go off topic. Just trying to make the point that where there is big money involved, there is not protection for anything no matter how sacred to others.

    https://www.wilderness.org/articles/...d-gas-drilling
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    Default Re: Thousands protest in Utah against Trump's monument reduction plan

    I'm placing this article in the Utah thread because it specially mentions opening up southern Utah to the energy companies.
    I am dead set against giving our public lands away for corporate gain.

    Trump seizes on pandemic to speed up opening of public lands to industry
    The Trump administration has ratcheted up its efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic to overhaul and overturn Obama-era environmental regulations and increase industry access to public lands.
    The secretary of the interior, David Bernhardt, has sped efforts to drill, mine and cut timber on fragile western landscapes. Meanwhile, the EPA, headed by the former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, has weakened critical environmental laws and announced in March that it would cease oversight of the nation’s polluters during the Covid-19 crisis.
    The rollbacks appear to follow a playbook put forth by influential conservative thinktanks, urging the White House to use the pandemic as justification for curtailing, or eliminating, environmental rules and oversight. President Trump should have “the ability to suspend costly regulations without extensive process”, according to a recent report by the Heritage Foundation.
    One of the most controversial sales would offer up 150,000 acres in southern Utah to energy companies. Some of the parcels are located within a half-mile of Canyonlands national park. The bureau did not respond to requests for comment.
    Environmentalists, however, say that the push to drill near the iconic red rock landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands is not only destructive but also unnecessary in light of an oil glut that has swamped storage capacity, driving oil prices last week into negative territory for the first time in history.
    “Enriching special interests with taxpayer resources so they can plunder national treasures like Bears Ears and the Grand Canyon will harm our land, water and public health,” said America Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for the Wilderness Society. “To do so in the face of a global pandemic is an abuse of public trust.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...al-regulations

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    Default Re: Thousands protest in Utah against Trump's monument reduction plan

    2020 elections to determine which party dominates public land debates

    There are so many issues at stake with this election. This is a big one as far as I am concerned. Trump is trying to open up Chaco Canyon here in New Mexico. This is an ancient Native American site. There have been documentaries on PBS about it. And of course this is only one of many locations in danger.
    Presidential elections are anxious times for federal land agencies and the people they serve. The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service manage more than a quarter of the nation’s land, which means that a new president can literally reshape the American landscape.

    Federal influence is particularly significant in the Western U.S. Across the 11 states from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, the federal government owns more than 45% of all land. In Alaska, it owns over 60%.

    Voters have a striking choice this year. President Donald Trump entered office committed to the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” His administration raced to reduce environmental planning and regulations and expand private development in pursuit of “energy dominance.”

    In contrast, Vice President Biden’s campaign proposals for public lands remain fairly broad but are largely consistent with the Obama administration’s priorities. The most significant difference is Biden’s pledge to end new fossil fuel leasing on public lands.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...-land-debates/

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