by Chad Shmukler – as published on HatchMag.com
It’s now clearer than ever that opening Americans’ public lands to coal, oil, gas and mineral extraction was the plan all along
“It really is about multiple use and multiple use is grazing, timber management, recreation, being able to use in some places four-wheel drives.”
“As the chief steward of our public lands, it is my responsibility to ensure that these lands are used for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”
Those are the words of Ryan Zinke, secretary of the Interior Department, in statements explaining his recommendations to vastly shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah.
In the months since Zinke uttered those words and many similar justifications for the Trump administration’s illegal actions shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, a trove of evidence has come to light that demonstrates that Zinke…
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