July 19, 2019

Utah and Maine Want Trump to Rescind Monuments

*Editor’s Note* – In a recent article I was reading in one of the Maine newspapers about the new national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters, one of the comments after the article was one of ignorance, as are many. The person leaving the comment said that there is no guarantee of access with private land but there is with Federal land. I would strongly suggest this person expend a little effort and do some historic research into all the lands that the Federal Government has seriously limited access and use after they took control.

“PORTLAND, Maine — Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn’t give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump isn’t like other presidents.

Former President Barack Obama used his power under the act to permanently preserve more land and water using national monument designations than any other president. The land is generally off limits to timber harvesting, mining and pipelines, and commercial development.”<<<Read More>>>

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Obama Bypasses Congress; New England Legislatures to Create Yet Another National Monument

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:
Reform Needed, Group Says: No President Should Be Able to Create a 5,000-Square-Mile National Monument Without Consulting Congress and Affected States

National Center for Public Policy Research Calls on Congress to Repeal 1906 Law that Allows Presidents of Both Parties to Bypass States and Localities When Creating National Monuments

Says States Lose Opportunities for Environmental Management of Lands After Monument Designations Are Made

Hiking, Fishing, Swimming, Hunting and Other Uses Also Often Are Restricted, which In Turn Kills Local Jobs and Reduces Local Tax Revenues

Washington, D.C.  R.J. Smith and Bonner Cohen, senior fellows for environmental policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research, are responding to the White House’s announcement that President Obama is today unilaterally creating a new 5,000-square-mile national monument off the coast of New England.

President Obama is creating the monument without the approval of Congress or local state legislatures under the 1906 Antiquities Act, and has chosen the name “The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.”

“The 1906 Antiquities Act was designed to allow presidents to protect the theft of items from ancient Indian archaeological sites, and significant natural items such as fossils or petrified wood,” said Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research. “Because the scope of the Act was perceived to be limited, and due to the slowness of communication and transportation during that era, the Act was written not to require Congressional or local approval for monument designations.”

“Communications and transportation technologies have advanced tremendously in 110 years while presidents of both parties have exploited the Act to expand federal land control in ways never dreamed of by Congress in 1906,” Ridenour continued. “The National Center for Public Policy Research has called on Congress to repeal the Antiquities Act of 1906 and replace it with a law that allows not just Presidents, but Congress, affected states, and affected localities to have a say in federal monument designations. These designations affect states and localities tremendously. Unknown to most, they limit environmental management of affected lands. They also limit multiple-use activities such as hiking and fishing, and kill jobs and with them the loss of local tax revenues, which in turn affects revenues of local public schools and public services.”

The National Center for Public Policy Research published a new paper, “Time to Repeal the Antiquities Act of 1906,” by R.J. Smith earlier this week. It is available online here.

Robert J. Smith:

President Barack Obama and his out-of-control pen seem to be on a mission to demonstrate disregard of the Congress and the American people. He is accelerating the pace of his use of the long out-of-date Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up vast expanses of the nation’s land and waters — in no-use or extremely limited-use categories. He is effectively creating national parks and wilderness areas — areas traditionally under the purview of the Congress.

He is doing this against the wishes of state, county and local officials and the working men and women in or adjacent to those areas.

Such designations, if they are to be created at all, should be done following careful debate by the U.S. Congress and the officials of the affected areas.

The President should be representing the interests of all Americans and not just a crusade to please the radical Green fringe. Hopefully, his actions of the past few weeks will be of such concern to members of Congress that they will begin immediate efforts to repeal this antiquated law and return the management decisions of our land and water to the American people.

R.J. Smith has served as a senior fellow in environmental policy at The National Center for Public Policy Research since 2005. Once president of a local Audubon Society chapter, Mr. Smith has studied environmental policy for nearly forty years and coined the term “free market environmentalism.” He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Interior, a consultant to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and as a special assistant at the EPA.

Bonner Cohen, Ph.D.:

The Administration’s alleged concern for undersea wildlife is ludicrous. This is the same Administration that has proposed giving operators of giant industrial, and taxpayer-subsidized, wind facilities 30-year permits to kill thousands of eagles and other birds. The area’s red crab fishery already operates under a management plan that has been certified by the independent Marine Stewardship Council. These are the kinds of arrangements that protect rare species and the livelihoods of fishermen. We see how well the Washington ‘protects’ eagles and other avian species on wind-farm-laden federal land. Who can seriously believe they’ll do a better job in the Atlantic Ocean?

Bonner R. Cohen is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, the New York Post and dozens of other publications. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees and has spoken at conferences on three continents, and is the author of two books, including “The Green Wave: Environmentalism and its Consequences (Washington: Capital Research Center, 2006).”

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Keeping Campaign Promises for a National Park?

*Editor’s Note* – We all know Angus King was bought and paid for, mostly with Michael Bloomberg money and being in lockstep with Obama. Voting against action that would place more authority in state’s hands to prevent the Federal Government from continuing its onslaught of land stealing, one has to wonder if Angus King (with dot connecting) voted against this bill in order to stay in lockstep with Obama, Bloomberg and Roxanne Quimby.

Senate vote 1

DECLARING NATIONAL MONUMENTS: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The amendment would have required the expiration within three years of any presidential declaration of a national monument if the declaration is not subsequently authorized by federal law and state law where the monument is located.

Lee said recent presidents have overridden the interests of those located near federal lands with monument declarations that deprive them of livelihoods earned on the lands, making the amendment necessary to give those residents “a voice in the land management decisions of their community.”

An amendment opponent, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, said it sought to give states an unprecedented veto authority over federal land management practices, hurting the president’s ability to use monument designations to protect threatened lands.

The vote was 47 yeas to 48 nays. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, gave a yea vote, and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, gave a nay vote.<<<Source>>>

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LePage tells Obama to steer clear of national park debate

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has sent letters to President Barack Obama and Maine’s congressional delegation to express opposition to as-yet unreleased proposals that would apply national monument protections to federal land in the Gulf of Maine and land eyed for a national park in the Millinocket area.

Source: LePage tells Obama to steer clear of national park debate — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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With Obama’s help, Harry Reid leaving an indelible mark in the Nevada desert

The Democratic senator has secured federal protection for nearly 3.4 million acres over the years.

Source: With Obama’s help, Harry Reid leaving an indelible mark in the Nevada desert – The Washington Post

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Obama Takes Three More National Monuments

Press Release from House Committee on Natural Resources:

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2015 – House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to unilaterally proclaim three new national monuments using the Antiquities Act of 1906.

“President Obama has sidelined the American public and bulldozed transparency by proclaiming three new national monuments through executive fiat. The Obama Administration claims these designations have public support, but we know that is a complete stretch of the truth. The cost to taxpayers is anyone’s guess and the impacts upon local communities are unknown. Congress has demonstrated that it can work in a collaborative fashion to fully vet and approve designations that have support from the public and their elected representatives. This White House has shown once again its utter and complete disdain for the public process, Congress, and the communities most impacted by these unilateral, unchecked land designations.”

The President’s designations include Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Illinois, Browns Canyon in Salida, Colorado, and the site of a World War II-era internment camp in Honouliuli, Hawaii, and will be formally announced on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), stated: “Despite his calls to be the most transparent administration in history, President Obama has once again chosen to stifle public input and thumb his nose at Congress. Top-down, big government approaches and land grabs through executive order disenfranchise concerned citizens, and that’s exactly what happened in the Browns Canyon region. During my time in Congress, I have heard from hundreds of locals who don’t want to see Browns Canyon declared a National Monument. The President’s unilateral designation of Browns Canyon casts aside the concerns raised by local citizens whose concerns about grazing rights, water rights, and the inability to manage and fight wildfire in the area that will now never be satisfactorily addressed. People must realize that national monuments created by Presidential executive order under the Antiquities Act often become underfunded and neglected orphan properties. This is because they are created outside the normal Congressional process and without local consensus, robbing the people of fair and open input. Browns Canyon does not deserve this kind of second-class status.”

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