What do you call a review process that invites public feedback, receives a record 2.7 million comments, but then dismisses the sentiment of 98 percent of the submissions? Or one that compiles a set of recommendations about public land, but won’t tell the public what is recommended? Sham, deception or ruse all seem appropriate. As do charade, mockery or farce. Travesty, though, is probably best.
President Trump and Secretary Zinke’s decision to sell-out our national monuments to drilling, mining, logging, and other special interests will result in the loss of millions of acres of hunting and fishing opportunities. To suggest otherwise, as Secretary Zinke has, is………absurd.
The Administration argues they are undoing a great economic injustice to the communities near national monuments, who have supposedly lost jobs and vibrant economies when the land was “locked up.” But that flies in the face of actual economic analysis that shows reducing national monuments will have a devastating impact on local economies and the multi-billion outdoor recreation economy that America’s public lands and waters support. The Administration’s economic promises are……… hollow.
Well, surely what President Trump and Secretary Zinke are doing is clearly in their legal authority, right? Well, only if you’re not a legal scholar, like the 121 law professors who signed a letter saying the Antiquities Act does not grant the President the authority to eliminate or significantly alter a national monument. So, if President Trump decides to act on whatever recommendations Secretary Zinke has made to reduce national monuments, this will all be headed to court – where President Trump’s record so far is….oh, how to say it………dubious?