President Trump Sued You Screwed Utah Monument!!! Law Doesn't Allow It, Buddy

President Trump Sued You Screwed Utah Monument!!! Law Doesn't Allow It, Buddy

On Tuesday, President Trump issued two proclamations that would reduce the protected areas of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Audio will be available later today.

The decision to shrink the national monuments, which were designated by President Obama, is highly controversial and pits conservationists and recreational users of public lands against the oil and mining industries, as well as other commercial interests. But Native American and environmental protection groups fear removing federal protections paves the way for environmentally destructive corporate activities on land of archaeological significance.

The authority to create national monuments is afforded to presidents under a 1906 law called the Antiquities Act, and in the century since the law was passed, it has been used to protect millions of acres of wilderness and scores of culturally significant sites.

"We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts", CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement to AdAge.

While President Trump explained that modifying these landmarks would open land up to citizens and American businesses, Patagonia and REI are arguing that this decision would instead deplete both national monuments, prevent people from using public lands for recreational activities and harm the prosperity of the USA outdoor industry. Patagonia said the move was "illegal" and constituted the "largest elimination of protected land in American history". "In that light, we believe there is a compelling case to maintain the integrity of our existing national monuments".

Patagonia posted on its website on Monday: "The President Stole Your Land." . Climbers, hikers, hunters and anglers all agree that public lands are a critical part of our national heritage and these lands belong not just to us, but to future generations. In total, five national monuments will see their size reduced, for a total rollback of 1.2 million acres that previously were under the federal government's protection. The company also expressed the potential damage the move could do to the outdoor recreation economy, which now contributes a whopping 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending, not to mention the public's access to public lands. "I have seen these impacts myself - and as an American, I am ashamed we have let this happen". And we'll use every tool available and we will prevail.

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