Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s monuments memorandum, which leaked to the press in September, notes that an estimated “several billion tons” of coal lie within Grand Staircase-Escalante. Though details have yet to be made public, Trump reportedly told Hatch, in a phone call on Oct. 27, that he intends to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments — and open up the Kaiparowits Plateau to coal mining
"It should not be surprising that people who live in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and everywhere in between — except, of course, near Bears Ears and Grand Staircase themselves — support maintaining monuments. They do not have to live with the consequences."
Okay. I am going to try to explain my view on this issue and maybe clear up some misconceptions fostered by an ignorant media and their followers who blindly believe everything they promote.
First let me get this out of the way. The issue here is very simple. Did the actions of President Obama exceed the authority of the Antiquities Act when it came to the size of the monument? Speaking strictly about the law and not what you "think", it's clear that he did in fact exceed the authority. The problem with the law is that it assumes that a President will act responsibly and not politically. Recent history has shown otherwise. Secondly, there are no built in checks and balances, more on that in a bit.
The lands involved here in total are Federal lands and they are protected by LAW. These monuments were created ON Federal lands. The difference is that as a monument, they are essentially given off limits status to public lands usage as other public lands have. By contracting the size to meet the requirements of the law, the non appropriated lands revert back to their original status of normal public lands. What does this mean? It means that if anyone, individual or corporation wants to use a parcel of land for a specific purpose they have to run the approval gauntlet, which for corporations can take years, sometimes a decade or more. A corporation cannot just apply for a permit, pay the lease and start operations, though this is what some would have you believe. They have to apply and then all kinds of studies have to be made, environmental and economic. Then the public hearings, comment periods, town halls, input from other Federal agencies and eventually the lawsuits. Let's not forget, if there are tribal issues in the area, they too get involved in the process. Nothing is rubber stamped.
So for the chicken little's out there, no, the sky is not falling.
I tried to be as objective as I can. I am neither pro or con with regards to public land use as the laws and intent support a combination of personal and corporate use. I trust that the processes in place will ensure that everything will work out fine. If not, then the Federal Courts can be asked to answer your concerns. It's call redress of grievances.
Will you repost that picture once the mines have opened? Maybe a big fence to keep the public off the land?
I am appalled by this action!We need our wide open spaces! It's not all about money except to the republicans and drumph. The land will still be federal land. It will go back to BLM, it will just be polluted with oil and coal (filthy stuff). Why don't they put up a wind farm?
Respectfully, Mr. Gosar. And all other thoughtful and respectful folks on this site. I believe we had it right under Mr. Obama.
How can anyone want to turn this beautiful area into mines? We do not need coal, we need more wind mills and solar collectors. The air quality needs to be protected. I can’t believe the people in this area would sacrifice all this for GREED. Listen to the Native Americans for a change.
I listened to your live talk last night, representative Gosar, and it was not only demoralizing but disgusting. When the teachers with their sweet voices called in about their low pay and the fact you in congress just took away their ability to deduct the school supplies they have to buy because if decisions like the ones you like to make, you answered with a puffed up chest, that you wanted to sell off land to pay. You want to sell off our land — I repeat our land — rather than ask billionaires to pay another hundred or thousand dollars in taxes, based on the trickle down absurdity that was disproved so long ago.
"Trump's OUTRAGEOUS decision to decimate our National Parks and open them up to the highest bidder." Fixed it for you, Rep. Paul Gosar
I live in the area and support saving Bears ears. Once we open beautiful land to coal and uranium mines they are destroyed forever. I can just hear it “American the once beautiful, the majesty destroyed by greed, the landscape filled with open pit copper mines, Trump towers and strip malls. The strip malls filled with nudie bars and the dollar stores that our impoverished population now needs.” 🎵🎶🎵🎵🎵