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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Continuing his obsession with trying to undo everything President Barack Obama accomplished while in office, Donald Trump on Monday moved to radically reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

In an anti-environmentalist maneuver that is overwhelmingly opposed by Native American tribal leaders in the region, Trump wants to reduce the size of the moment designation by nearly 90 percent.

Who’s happy about the radical shift? Businesses that want to use the protected land for profit by extracting oil and gas.

“The drillers, miners and frackers who were shut out by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act would have new leases on life,” CNN reports.

Trump’s unprecedented move to shrink a U.S. monument is certain to spark a protracted court case. Trump’s effort “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,” The New York Times reports.

Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of outdoor gear maker Patagonia, told CNN’s Bill Weir that he’s going to help fight against Trump and his “evil government.

CHOUINARD: Well, I think the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits.

WEIR: And the head of Patagonia says he’s ready for a long legal fight.

CHOUINARD: We’re losing this planet, and we have an evil government. And not just the federal government, but wacko politicians out of Utah and place. I mean, it’s evil. And I’m not going to stand back and just let evil win.

Chouinard will be part of a larger coalition, including the Navajo Nation, that vowed to challenge Trump’s decision in court.

“I think it’s a shame that only 4 percent of American lands are national parks. Costa Rica’s got 10 percent. Chile will now have way more parks than we have,” Chouinard says. “We need more, not less.”

Monuments are similar to U.S. national parks, which are created by acts of Congress, except that monuments are created by presidents via the Antiquities Act, a law that has been used by both parties for more than a century to protect millions of acres of federal land.

Trump now becomes the first president to basically try to un-protect monument land.

Evil indeed.

 

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7 responses to ““I’m Not Going To Stand Back And Just Let Evil Win.” CEO To Sue Trump Over Land Grab”

  1. 788eddie says:

    Donald J. Trump and the so-called RWNJs are tearing the heart out of the Republican Party.

    I have been a registered Republican since I came of age and earned the right to vote. I am now sixty-nine years of age, and, thank the Lord, still healthy.

    I am a moderate Republican, now labelled a “RINO” by some of the wing-nuts.

    For years, the Republican Party has declared that they had four main tenets:

    1. Russia is NOT our friend; they want to bury us, and should not be trusted as such.
    2. Fiscal responsibility.
    3. Family values.
    4. Support of the U.S. Constitution.

    Republican leadership has allowed Donald Trump to collude with Russian agents in ways that are very arguably traitorous.

    The House leadership has allowed the passage of a health-care bill, and a tax overhaul bill without knowing the cost to our country.

    Donald J. Trump has shamefully shown that the GOP leadership does not care any more for family values whatsoever. Now they give support to an accused child-molester.

    Republican leadership has shown that, while they are in strong support of the second amendment, they have now concerns that the Emoluments clause in Article 1 is being totally ignored.

    Why are some people expressing surprise that many people like me are no longer identifying with the Republican brand. Like many other things that he has touched, Trump has tarnished this, too.

    • timmfr30 says:

      the republican party went off the rails with ‘st. ronnie’….no pity here…you reap what you sow…unfortunately those of us that have used our votes intelligently have suffered at the hands of uninformed citizens and a corrupted supreme court and that sucks….

      • marriea says:

        We can and must change all of that on November 8, 2018.
        As for uninformed voters, many of these people are as President Obama alluded to, closed knit people who stay in their own little areas never venturing out of their own safety net, never seeing the world as it really is, identifying with scene from a movie or TV set.
        My daughter went to a conference in which people in her occupation gathered from the state.
        There were people there who had never seen or talked to a black person except on TV,
        They believed all of the news they hear about black crime and take it at it face value.
        The same is true of many people who stay in what they consider to be safe areas.
        These people are also highly religious and what the ‘preacher’ says goes in that he (usually a male) mixes a lot of Bible speak without context and throws it out there.
        And sadly, many people have no idea what’s actually in that book because they don’t read and or don’t understand it.
        This is especially true in the south or Bible Belt.
        Safe is a nice concept but in actuality it doesn’t exist.
        And the last thing.
        Most GOP people see the Republican Party as a ‘white’ Party.
        The Democratic Party goes out of it’s way to be inclusive of all people in this country
        Many people in the US don’t like that.
        As long as the GOP remains that way, you’ll see people (not all) who identify with them regardless of what they have done, what they say, how they feel, because ‘I’d rather support a white man with a bad past than another race any day of the week’.

        • timmfr30 says:

          being agnostic, I see the crutch of religion as a detriment to any realistic view of what happens on this ‘rock’ we call Earth….religion is merely another ‘tool’ of control that those who worship power use to achieve their goal….the sad part is that those of us that see through this charade are currently at the mercy of these insecure sheeple that blindly follow….

    • stcroixcarp says:

      I am a moderate democrat. We have the same values!
      Democrats know that Russia is not our friend, but as inhabitants of the same earth, we need to develop a working relationship with them. The goal is world peace.
      We believe in fiscal responsibility too! Both Clinton and and Obama reduced the deficit. But we are not slaves to the concept of national debt. We believe in spending our money on people, to promote health and economic security so that that liberty and the pursuit of happiness is available for all.
      We believe in family values. We believe in the institution of marriage and work to make sure this right is available to all people. We believe that all children should have enough food, medical care, safe housing and excellent free public education.
      We support the Constitution, ALL of it, not just the second amendment. We believe in Justice for all, free and fair elections, one person one vote. We believe that corporations are not people, but legal entities with no soul, heart or morals. We believe in labor unions and the value of each human being.
      See, we have a lot in common.

    • FireBaron says:

      Hi Eddie,
      Out of the four tenet of the GOP you listed above, they only half-heartedly support one of them any more.
      2. Fiscal Responsibility – they threw that out the window with the first Dubya smoke and mirrors budget, and have now reinforced that under a new Tax Plan that will “only” increase the deficit by 1T Dollars – of course, that’s a best case scenario if Supply Side (aka “trickle-down”, aka “voodoo”) economics actually works.
      3. Family Values – apparently, this is another lost cause given the amount of GOP politicoes found to be engaged in a variety of affairs with partners of both sexes, as well as problems in not getting involved with underage kids.
      4. Support of the Constitution – tough one. They want to pick and chose the articles and amendments they want to recognize, and want to abnegate their constitutional authority in granting Teflon Donnie whomsoever he wants, no matter how unqualified, for whatever position he says they should hold.
      The only one they still appear to be giving lip service to is opposition to Russia, and then it’s muted when associated with a Republican, but vehement when a Democrat wants to do something with them.

  2. Richard Prescott says:

    Grew up with a Republican father who was conservative (old style). But I began hating politics with the McCarthy crap and continued bull. Recognized early that neither party really did what they supposedly believed in.
    So by the time I could vote I was neither, I claimed to be a “registered Independent” and would vote for the better choice.
    But I voted, rightly or wrongly. I voted. Which is more than some younger people have done while complaining about who was elected.
    However, that all said, my father has to have rolled over several times in his grave with what the GOP has become.
    And I view the Republicans as having no patriotism, poor morals, a gross lack of care for the country and the people in it. They are pandering to the large corporations and ultra-rich, much more so than the Democrats. And when they call Social Security an entitlement, treating it as a Welfare-like program, it just shows how out of touch with reality they are. ( to whit, you don’t pay into an entitlement program)
    They are the ones in an entitlement program, called politics and taking taxpayer’s dollars with the best health care for life and 6 figure incomes to screw over the people and country.

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