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Outrage After Zinke Memo Reveals Unprecedented Assault on Public Lands


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Outrage After Zinke Memo Reveals Unprecedented Assault on Public Lands

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Conservationists are outraged by Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal—as outlined in a memo to President Donald Trump that was leaked by media outlets late Sunday—to revoke or alter federal protections for at least 10 national monuments and expose protected lands and waters to commercial activity.


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Nothing in nature is sacred, nothing off-limits to “developers” and extractive industries, to the greedheads in the Republican Party and “business” interests. They are incapable of beholding
natural beauty. Everywhere they look they are blinded by dollar signs, oblivious to the future, callous and even derisive
toward the welfare of people and the environment. In their philosophy there is no room for, nor belief in, public space, the “commons”, or really anything which cannot be bought and sold. They would chop down the last tree, catch the last fish, pollute the last stream, kill the last animal, with no qualms.
Then they would look around for something else to exploit. Us, for instance!

This is a perfect example of why the last election mattered, and I’m not defending Hillary. The voters made a catastrophic mistake in giving the Republicans control over the whole damn government! Can we just agree on that? Isn’t it obvious?


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Completely Obvious to those with practice

But trying to have the conversation about which camp represented the worst case scenario is a lost cause on this forum

That being said, I really would question any politician (Mr Schumer) who thinks he can negotiate with this administration.

Tell me Mr Schumer, Ms Pelosi, what was your quid pro quo for the recent round of bills you brokered


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PS. These guys are major dirtbags

Oh we have nothing better to do let’s wipe out nature’s refuges

This administration needs to go asap


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Trump, flag waving Zinke, and the whole lot of these schmucks keep backing the people, and life into a corner. Please look at the photos of the absolute paradise they want to destroy to remind you of what your fighting for; because, in that corner things might just be a raging.


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Well said and heartfelt! Thank you.

Zinke cares not about any public land/monument or national park unless it abuts or surrounds his chosen personal hunting haunts (he and his privileged partners in the twice-yearly slaughters mostly for “racks” or “heads with racks” that are deemed trophies to display in the “man caves” reflecting their manliness). So much for his empty rhetoric asserting that he cares about nature and wildlife. He is just creating a nice financial cushion for his early retirement… He and the Trump trash trophy-hunting brothers get together to swap hunting sagas while swigging $15,000 bottles of champagne or imported wine and patting the booties of the “models” serving them.


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We were sunk long before this last election… We’ve been frying for a good while now.


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This idiot needs to be slapped around a few times to learn public lands mean public lands and not white supremacists land alone. Looks more like Bundy Brothers all over again, The WASPS just don’t get it that we humans must respect nature. The little that has been set aside as national forests, changed to national parks, the national monuments enhance human life


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They keep pushing. The push back is going to be severe. Trump & Co. are being spoon fed this malevolence by some folks who need to truly understand the meaning of, " when you’re already skating on thin ice, you might as well dance ".
They are not going to call the tune and they are not going to like who’s on their dancecards.
Trump is looking to get his arse kicked, pretty much.


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“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe” - Mother Earths beauty and sacred diversity of life raped, Her wild places despoiled, and polluted by men who only care about money and its pursuit - utterly evil creatures who haven’t the slightest respect for, or understanding of, the natural world or The Wild. Those ignorant people are the greatest threat to all life on Earth because they care about nothing but exploitation and using our Mother and other people - all living and natural things - as expendable commodities to serve their madness and greed…

“All those things will be lost…in time…like…tears…in the rain…”


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Its a election system owned and directed by corporate wealth and power that gives the American people a choice of Clinton/Trump AND a public that continues to go along with the farce of a single owned, two Party system.
There is no form of Democracy in a corporate capitalist business model so don’t look for any in its political governing model.
Capitalist do not support nature because there is no profit in energy systems of the natural LIVING world.


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Picture a cartoon (I can’t draw) of Old Teddy holding a rifle standing in front of the stuffed Orange Head with the caption “Justice”.


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Its a election system owned and directed by corporate wealth and power that gives the American people a choice of Clinton/Trump AND a public that continues to go along with the farce of a single owned, two Party system.
There is no form of Democracy in a corporate capitalist business model so don’t look for any in its political governing model.
Capitalist do not support nature because there is no profit in energy systems of the natural LIVING world.


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The people who write articles like this, and comment on them, many of them impress me as insular and some what out of touch with so many other people in this country, particularly with the people who live in the big red Trump middle of the country.

On this topic, first a review. The land has been public land for more than a century. Why? We’ll come to that. What some recent presidents have done is change the status of the land from general “multi-purpose” public land, which is to meet several needs and not be degraded, to -> National Monument, almost the highest protection that the Federal government provides. And as several here have remarked (almost) eliminates commercial use and profiting from it.

Why is it public land? Two hundred years ago almost all of it was owned by the Native Americans. As policy in the 19th century it was either bought or stolen from the Native Americans. They were allowed to keep some, typically the worst, as their own. Again, as policy, much of the land the government bought was subsequently sold to individuals who established farms and ranches. Even at that date the government was out-of-touch, and thought that land better suited for ranching should be sold in quarter-sections to be farmed. The least productive for farming land went unsold, although some was leased for ranching by ranchers who bought more prosperous nearby ‘waterholes’.
… Arguably several mistakes were made in this history. And one of them was taking the land from the Native Americans. I think a good argument can be made for returning much of that land to the Native Americans.

Many of the people who read and comment on these articles are a environmentalist subset of the whole Common Dreams ‘family’. Many of them tend to be better off than most Americans, and are ‘self-satisfied’, and aren’t living paycheck to paycheck. I expect that most donate money to NRDC et al. They too little appreciate the lives of many other Americans. Echoing Hillary Clinton, they have no problem that coal miners have lost their jobs, and echo Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake,” saying “Let them train to put up wind turbines and solar panels.” They seem to applaud depopulating the ‘Empty Center’ of the American west. Back in 1985 I dined at the Pine Springs roadhouse in Texas, about one mile from Pine Springs campground. The property is now owned by Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the roadhouse and service is closed and the building is gone. Policy set in Washington DC, none is better.

People here do not seem to appreciate that people in Utah, and particularly east of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and even more particularly the Utes, have a right to a bigger say in that land and its use than most people reading and writing here, many miles away from there.


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PLEASE: let all this noble Redman caretakers of the land bs rhetoric get with reality.
As one case in point, Buffalo, they used to set prairie fires to drive hundreds even thosands of Buffs over cliffs, and leave the ones they could not haul to rot.
They hunted and fished completely decimating wildlife fish and down to smallest bird and mammels, and then move on.
Many tribes especially those of west coast lived in squalor and cannibalism was very well known.
Navaho and Hopi are still selling their land allotments,even though many no longer live on res to mining and water interest and tribal elders sell minerals of common lands and pocket huge funds while their people live in poverty and sqaualor of generations deep welfare.
Lover 2 motion $"s of donations fro. Around world to help pipeline protestor got shuffled into Elders other res programs that are staffed by a tight generations of relatives high paid salary bureaucracy.
A whole fam dam tribe in Alaska took the money. Left res to never come back for lower 48 States and never gave a Flynn F about destroyed lands.
UNTIL TODAY the have sold port lands for $1 to oil firms who have a fake treaty office staffed by four employees of oil firms on East coast.
Next where the he’ll were you white guys when the Dakota protest was ongoing?
THE LARGEST EVER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTEST IN US HISTORY DREW MORE WHITE PEOPLE FROM REST OF WORLD THEN WHITE CONSERVATIONIST LIVING IN THIS NATION?