Lame Duck president grabs up millions of acres against will of the people

Federal ownership of land is a very live wire political issue in Utah, which is why I find it outrageous that President Obama, on the way out the door, would try to irrevocably federalize 1.3 million acres in the state, in spite of the ongoing controversy over this very issue.  Obama’s National Monument Designation: Second-Term Environmental Policymaking at Its Worst […]

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Obama’s regulatory machine on overdrive in final weeks

This oppressive agenda, and the audacity with which it was executed, was on the minds of voters and apparently rejected on Nov 8. With the transfer of power underway, the Obama administration’s controversial agenda appears to be in overdrive and the midnight rule-making has already begun. © Getty The Audacity of Smothering Regulation Early in his tenure, President Obama pledged […]

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Bears Ears will not be protected by overrunning it with tourism

Though it aims to protect sacred space and preserve archaeological sites, a monument would actually tame the wild, overrun the spiritual, enforce webs of rules and fees, bring busloads of tourists, trivialize landmarks through ad campaigns, cater to those with the means to recreate, and fine people for straying from a trail. To maintain this regime, management has to partition, […]

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National Monuments: The New Feudalism

In areas designated national monuments, productive activities are heavily restricted or even banned. These are precisely the sorts of restrictions that federal agencies have been prevented from imposing through traditional means. Grinding westerners under the federal boot The national monument designation is a backdoor land grab ANALYSIS/OPINION: The federal government owns an estimated one-third of all the land in the […]

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Radical environmentalism gets a new name thanks, to Obama Antiquities Act Abuse

Environmentalists at and around Southern Oregon University apparently were given special notice of the meeting ahead of other key stakeholders and opponents to the proposed massive expansion, and the environmentalists organized well in advance, even telling their supporters to wear blue (as seen in photos of the meeting). They are now using the flawed science regarding “climate change” to help justify what amounts to just […]

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In land grab schemes, rich progressives push Feds to lock up millions of acres

Its appetite for land is insatiable: millions will be spent, not improving visitor facilities, but acquiring land and demanding a larger park, after all the NPS sees no difference between a monument and a park. Meanwhile, Maine’s misery has spread. Days later, Mr. Obama designated the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument to the detriment of New England fishermen, their crews, and […]

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Radical Environmentalism driving Obama’s national monument obsession

Obama’s monument declarations in Hawaii and beyond are not motivated by a desire to protect lands threatened with imminent destruction; it is about building his legacy with far-Left environmental zealots. Millions of people are suffering so that Obama’s vanity can be satisfied. Obama’s Dangerous use of the National Monuments Law President Barack Obama greets some of the residents of the […]

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Bears Ears, PLI controversies show Congress must stop executive land grabs

Obama’s legacy is shutting off land to free use by American citizens has hurt economic development on land and sea, and the American people don’t get a say, it is time for Congress to put checks on this Act to stop Obama – or any other president – from seizing land away from the American people. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT […]

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COMMENTARY: Feds now control most of the West. Do they want it all?

“According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal “monuments.” The lives of coyotes, deer and prairie dogs would be elevated above states’ needs to generate jobs, tourism business and energy solutions.” Michelle Malkin First published in 2014 Have you heard of the “Great Outdoors Initiative”? Chances are, you […]

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