Go here. Comment by July 10.
From the Department of the Interior:
“The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017. The Secretary of the Interior will use the review to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy stated in the Executive Order and to formulate recommendations for Presidential actions, legislative proposals, or other appropriate actions to carry out that policy. This Notice identifies twenty-seven National Monuments under review and invites comments to inform the review.”
Don’t kid yourself on this: We don’t need the oil and gas from drilling. What we need is a massive overhaul of our energy systems, from how we power our houses to how we power our cars. The technology is there. We just have to fully implement it. Will it be painful? Hell yes. Will it be expensive? Hell yes. Will it save us and our planet? Hell yes.
Please, please let your voice be heard–even though we know they aren’t truly listening. (Just ask the Navajo about who Zinke talked to about Bears Ears. They are purposefully seeking out a one-sided, money-grabbing view.) This is where we hike, climb, and play. This is where we lose ourselves, and find ourselves.
I am for progress, absolutely. I live in a city, and I love it. But it’s a human environment. (Well, humans, rats, and pigeons.) We need wild places so that the whole earth can thrive. Without diversity of life–plants, land, and animals–everything falls apart.
So what national monuments are being reviewed? Here’s the list:
|Basin and Range||Nevada||2015||703,585|
|Berryessa Snow Mountain||California||2015||330,780|
|Canyons of the Ancients||Colorado||2000||175,160|
|Craters of the Moon||Idaho||1924/2000||737,525|
|Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks||New Mexico||2014||496,330|
|Rio Grande del Norte||New Mexico||2013||242,555|
|Sand to Snow||California||2016||154,000|
|San Gabriel Mountains||California||2014||346,177|
|Upper Missouri River Breaks||Montana||2001||377,346|
That’s right, folks. THE FUCKING GRAND CANYON. Because that’s not worth saving, right?
Are we really going to sit back and watch this happen?