Perhaps you’ve all heard of the recent decision by the Trump Regime to have Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke “review” several national parks and monuments…“to end the abusive practice…of massive federal land grab, that’s gotten worse and worse and worse, and now we’re going to free it up. This should never have happened.“ [Donald Trump, April 26th, 2017 Executive Order announcement)
If not, you may learn more about on the Department of Interior’s website.
As we can expect, Dictator Tweety has recharacterized our national parks & monuments, paid for by federal taxpayers, as an “abuse of federal power” that he will “return to the states.” What he does not say, however, is these lands will likely be sold off for commercial development and personal profit — for those poised to benefit most — his supporters — the corporations, the big oil & gas companies.
These lands are already in the control of the American people and enjoyed by us all, to the tune of $34.9 Billion annually. If we don’t comment now, we may be losing these incredible national treasurers to development forever.
The Secretary of Interior is looking for public comment as to the following:
“…(1) Whether national monuments…should be reviewed because they were designated or expanded after January 1, 1996 “without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders;” and (2) the application of factors…to the listed national monuments or to other Presidential designations or expansions of designations meeting the criteria of the Executive Order….and comments [which] address other factors the Secretary might consider for this review”
and on the remaining national monuments on The Department of Interior’s website and entering “DOI-2017-0002” into the Search bar by July 10, 2017:
I have submitted my own, and you are welcome to replicate, if so moved the remaining prose — as below.
What is it, that I can say to you, that will change your decision?
That being to look closely upon, inside of, poke around, explore — those national treasures so quintessentially American, they are as much a part of our lives, we regard them as essential as breathing?
What is it, that I can say to you, that will impact your mind, penetrate your thoughts, to understand the value of untouched wilderness set aside not for future “use” by commercial developers, but for its own intrinsic value, as wild land?
What is, that I can say to you, that the values held so tightly in the hearts of those hungry to profit from coal, oil and gas development, are possessed only by the few poised for profit — and not embraced but indeed reviled, by the millions of people who simply enjoy the spectacular beauty and wonder of all they contain?
What is it, that I can say to you, to help you understand, that we have alternatives at the ready — better resources for a better earth — a better life for us all — that those hungry to profit could still survive just fine — that does not involve intrusion, destruction, alteration or artificial development of a creation of God — that once gone, is gone forever?
If I could tell you something, please do say so. This regime needs to consider its own actions — for its does not own the national parks — they belong to the people and to the animals — and not to any singular monied one of us.