President Obama just designated two national monuments in Utah and Nevada as part of his outgoing power-grabbing efforts.
Obama is selfishly trying to fulfill his environmental legacy by undermining state Republicans, while binding the hands of President-elect Trump before he takes the oath of office.
Obama declared Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region and will be handled by the federal government instead of at the state level.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah said of this news, “This arrogant act by a lame duck president will not stand.”
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said:
“After years of painstaking negotiations with a diverse coalition, Utah had a comprehensive bipartisan solution on the table that would have protected the Bears Ears and provided a balanced solution.
Instead, the president’s midnight proclamation cherry picked provisions of the Public Lands Initiative and disregarded the economic development and multi-use provisions necessary for a balanced compromise.
The midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes.”
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said his office is planning a lawsuit over the issue:
“It is extremely disappointing that President Obama has declared another national monument here in Utah, ignoring the voices of so many in our state, particularly those closest to the designated space.
By significantly restricting access to a large portion of public lands in Utah, the President weakens land management capabilities and fails to protect those the Antiquities Act intended to benefit.”
These power grabs are major departures from protocol because they didn’t have the support of Utah’s Governor, nor the state’s delegation.
This makes a total of 553 million acres of national lands and waters protected under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which is more than any other President in history.
Obama has used his power to create 29 separate national monuments, which is just one shy of President Franklin Roosevelt’s 30 designations.
This also makes Roosevelt and Obama the two most socialist presidents in United States history as well.
But it’s clear that Obama is trying to nail down his legacy before January 20th.
According to Fox News:
“Obama’s latest environmental move is the latest in a series of actions to nail down his legacy before Trump is inaugurated. Trump has pledged to remove many environmental regulations to drilling and other energy mining, and has promised to undo much of Obama’s environmental agenda.
Last week, the president ordered U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean placed “indefinitely” off-limits for future oil and gas leases. He has also blocked new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park.
While the monuments were designated by executive action, it may require action by Congress to remove. Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told The Associated Press that the Antiquities Act allows presidents to create monuments, but does not give them authority to undo one.”
Utah’s only chance is to successfully sue to repeal these mindless ‘midnight regulations’.
Obama has undermined the state countless times during his administration, but thankfully that will come to an end very soon.