By executive order, Barack Obama engaged in a federal land grab in Utah, but Donald Trump just gave it back!
The President reversed a federal land grab yesterday, something that is a courageously conservative act, but also makes great political sense. Now, when 2020 arrives, conservative voters in Utah will have fewer NeverTrumpers among them. Donald Trump promised to “make America great again.” Giving federal land back to the state is a definite step in the right direction.
The Daily Mail reports, “Trump dramatically SHRINKS Bears Ears National Monument and slashes another by half in the name of ‘states’ rights’ as he says ‘public lands will once again be for public use’”
‘Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong,’ he said in the cavernous Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
‘The families and communities of Utah know and love this land the best. And you know the best how to take care of your land. You know how to protect it, and you know best how to conserve this land for many, many generations to come,’ he said.
‘Your timeless bond with the outdoors should not be replaced with the whims of regulators thousands and thousands of miles away. They don’t know your land, and truly they don’t care for your land like you do.’
The Bears Ears and the Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments span millions of acres in Utah and are among 27 national monuments that Trump ordered his Interior Secretary to review earlier this year.
The result, he said, is that ‘public lands will once again be for public use.’
As Trump signed a proclamation rolling back the Obama- and Clinton-era national monument designations, his audience briefly broke into a chant of ‘Four more years!’[…]
Utah Republican leaders had complained that the monuments locked up too much federal land.
And Trump said ‘this tragic federal overreach’ had resulted in ‘harmful restrictions on hunting, ranching and responsible economic development.’
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