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AWESOME: Trump gives millions of acres of public lands back to Utah


Added 12-04-17 03:37:02pm EST - “Trump is rolling back some of the land thieving the Obama administration did using the antiquities act, announcing that today in Utah he's setting free millions of acres of public land from f…” - Therightscoop.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Therightscoop.com: “AWESOME: Trump gives millions of acres of public lands back to Utah”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Trump is rolling back some of the land thieving the Obama administration did using the antiquities act, announcing that today in Utah he’s setting free millions of acres of public land from federal protection regulations:

NY TIMES – President Trump said he would dramatically reduce the size of a vast expanse of protected federal land in Utah on Monday, a rollback of some two million acres that is the largest in scale in the nation’s history.

The administration said it would shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by about 85 percent, and cut another area, Grand Staircase-Escalante to about half its current size. The move, a reversal of protections put in place by Democratic predecessors, comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands.

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to trigger a legal battle that could alter the course of American land conservation, possibly opening millions of protected public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.

“Some people think that the natural resources should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Mr. Trump said, speaking at Utah’s domed State Capitol. “And guess what, they’re wrong.”

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