Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing to present “alternative facts” in support of efforts to reduce or eliminate public lands. The hearing follows President Trump’s executive order calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of national monument designations made under the Antiquities Act made since January 1, 1996. The review, which marks the first steps towards repealing these designations, covers areas over 100,000 acres, including Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.
Today’s hearing was dominated by “alternative facts” from anti-public lands crusaders with a clear agenda. Their lack of credible arguments makes it apparent that proponents of reducing or eliminating public lands don’t have a leg to stand on. Unfortunately, Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-R) and Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-R) are ignoring the overwhelming support for public lands and putting special interests ahead of those of us who live and work in these communities.
National Monument Facts:
Here is a clip of Maine Governor LePage forgetting the 5.65 billion tourism economy in his home state.
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