During his term, the former president used executive actions to lock up hundreds of millions of acres on both land and sea, making them off-limits to the use of those who have depended for generations on the development of resources in those regions. The Bears Ears National Monument designation, made while Obama was on vacation with his family during the Christmas holiday, is most egregious.

Posted by Marjorie Haun

A report complied by Pacific Legal Foundation and American Enterprise Institute proves President Trump has the legal authority to rescind harmful Antiquities Act Abuses

Obama’s legacy is one of failure, overreach, crushing regulations, and vindictive land grabs. This video addresses the latter. During his term, the former president used executive actions to lock up hundreds of millions of acres on both land and sea, making them off-limits to the use of those who have depended for generations on the development of resources in those regions. The Bears Ears National Monument designation, made while Obama was on vacation with his family during the Christmas holiday, is most egregious. That designation, opposed by the vast majority of Utahans, and 98 percent of the locals in San Juan County, including the Aneth Navajo and Southern Ute tribal chapters, threatens to destroy ranching, energy development, and the traditional activities of Native Americans. These matters are addressed by Utah’s elected leaders as well as the experts who compiled the report. All Americans harmed by the historical abuse of the Antiquities Act, most recently by the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations, are calling upon Congress and the Trump Administration to reform the Antiquities Act, and rescind all harmful, overreaching, economically-crushing federal designations done under its questionable authority.

A few weeks before he left office, President Obama used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to proclaim 1.35 million acres in Utah and 300,000 acres in Nevada to be new national monuments. White House officials claimed that both actions were “permanent” because there was no express authority to reverse them.

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