Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante at top of Zinke monuments review

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday there’s “no doubt” he is visiting Utah to talk to people about the controversial Bears Ears National Monument designation, which he said lays at the heart of a 45-day interim review President Donald S. Trump is ordering on monuments. Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday […]

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VIDEO: President has authority to reverse Antiquities Act designations

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 […]

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Antiquities Act, unilateral monuments in crosshairs of Western conservative lawmakers

Bears Ears has already gained national attention as a battleground between former President Barack Obama’s focus on environmental protection and locals who oppose more federal restrictions on land use. But some Republicans have their eye on a much broader rollback of the president’s authority to establish monuments. Jack Fitzpatrick Morning Consult Conservative lawmakers from Western states believe they have a rare […]

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Trump Administration to end federal land grabs

Obama’s final land grab took the total acres of land seized by the federal government under his presidency to 553 million acres, more than any other president in history. Ben Kew Breitbart.com Donald Trump has pledged to end the federal acquisition of land, which rose by record levels under Barack Obama, and instead invest in preserving its current holdings as part […]

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A monument to ‘presidential vanity,’ it’s time to rescind Bears Ears

Even modern progressives must admit that such monuments to presidential vanity are a bad thing. Like many Progressive Era policies, the Antiquities Act is predicated on the notion that the expert judgement of Washington, D.C. is superior to that of local communities. Its defenders in this case have expressed contempt for Utah’s desire to choose its own land policies. Shawn […]

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Trump can reverse egregious Antiquities Acts edicts by doing 2 simple things

That President Trump has the authority to vacate the actions of his predecessors is without question. Just as no Congress can bind a future one, no president—with a unilateral decree—can claim to rule forever. That is even more the case given that Clinton and Obama far exceeded their authority under the Antiquities Act. Nonetheless, revocation will be fought aggressively by […]

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Text of Utah resolution to rescind Obama Bears Ears takeover

Backed by majorities in both the Utah House and Senate, and likely to be signed by Governor Herbert, this Resolution is an offensive strike against federal power in a battle over lands and resources that has been simmering for years. Just days following the inauguration of President Trump, Utah State Representative Greg Hughes introduced a resolution aimed at reversing the 1.35 million acre Obama […]

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Utah leaders issue resolution to undo decades of federal monuments injustices

“When Democratic Presidents exit, Utah has become the ATM for paybacks to special interest groups.”  Utah State Representative Greg Hughes “The Tsunami wave of government regulations is taking the family ranch (or farm) out of production.  Those waves have decimated a community.”  Sterling Brown Janet Wilcox On Jan. 26, 2017 the Utah House Rules Committee passed both resolution, H.C.R. 11 urging […]

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VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee confronts unjust Obama seizure of Utah lands

VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee (R) Utah, explains the devious process which resulted in the federal seizure of over 1.3 million acres of resource-rich lands in San Juan County. The Obama Administration lied about the nature and true identity of those who lobbied for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument. They were not the local Native American tribes of […]

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Happy New Year: Obama land grabs can be reversed by Congress, Trump Administration

Mr. Obama has repeatedly abused his authority under the Antiquities Act to declare vast new national monuments, including on the high seas. This week’s monument designations have been strongly opposed by state officials and GOP congressional leaders, including the unanimous delegation from Utah. Trump Can Reverse Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab The White House is trying to lock up millions of […]

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