In case you hadn’t heard, Donald Trump signed yet another executive order yesterday.
This time, it calls for a review of the Designations Under the Antiquities Act by the Interior Department. Cloaked in language that seems to suggest good stewardship of public lands, there is a passage that tells the real tale.
Monument designations that result from a lack of public outreach and proper coordination with State, tribal, and local officials and other relevant stakeholders may also create barriers to achieving energy independence, restrict public access to and use of Federal lands, burden State, tribal, and local governments, and otherwise curtail economic growth.
Key words here: energy independence and economic growth.
Meaning that Donald Trump is aiming to transform public lands into private land and commence extracting fossil fuels and clearcutting trees.
The Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is well known for his stance on fossil fuels. A former Montana Congressman, Zinke worked to increase mining and lent his support to an effort to end a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. During his confirmation hearing, Zinke stated he would consider an expansion of drilling and mining on federal lands. He did say he would ensure protection of sensitive areas, but one wonders what would constitute a sensitive area to one of his persuasion.
Talk about hypocrisy! This morning the #LiarinChief tweeted this:
Never mind that he’s out to destroy some of them!
Without mentioning Trump by name, the tweet this morning from the U.S. Forest Service made it abundantly clear what they think of Trump’s plan to rape our public lands and hand our national treasures over to the fossil fuel and logging industries. The hashtag #HintsYoureInHell has been trending all morning.