President Trump is signing an order that will allow his administration to restore land and water taken from U.S. citizens by former presidents, back to the people.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an executive order Tuesday, saying Trump asked him to review monuments created by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama.
And two areas will be getting very special attention, according to the order: “the remote desert canyon lands of southeastern Utah, where Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996 and Obama set aside the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of last year.”
It’s a small portion of what has been taken, but a step in the right direction, nonetheless.
“In the eight years he’s been in office, Obama seized more than 553 million acres of land and water (roughly 865,000 square miles) and placed it under federal ownership and control – enough square mileage to cover the entire state of Texas more than three times over. In fact, the self-aggrandizing conservationist-in-chief has placed more land and coastal areas under federal control than any other president in history, shutting off millions of miles of land to energy production or human settlement, along with shifting it outside the scope of local and state jurisdictions.”
It’s time to give back to the people what is the peoples.
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