Put up a parking lot

Mr Destroy Everything hopes people will rush out to Utah in order to mine and farm and pave over the entire state without delay. He expects a cut of the profits.

President Trump said he would dramatically reduce the size of a vast expanse of protected federal land in Utah on Monday, a rollback of some two million acres that is the largest in scale in the nation’s history.

The administration said it would shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by about 85 percent, and cut another area, Grand Staircase-Escalante, to about half its current size. The move, a reversal of protections put in place by Democratic predecessors, comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands.

Yeah. Let’s build condos on every inch of Yosemite, and shopping malls all over Yellowstone (supervolcano nothing – it will save a bundle on heating bills), and golf courses in Olympic National Park, and casinos in the Grand Canyon. Why the fuck not?

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Look at all that wasted land, just lying there, with honest entrepreneurs not allowed to build hotels on it.

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to trigger a legal battle that could alter the course of American land conservation, possibly opening millions of protected public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.

Yay! No more public lands! All of it private and put to work and off limits to the smelly peasants.

“Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Mr. Trump said, speaking at Utah’s domed State Capitol. “And guess what? They’re wrong.”

“Together,” he continued, “we will usher in a bright new future of wonder and wealth.”

And money money money, and no dirty damp dangerous public lands for people to walk on and enjoy. If they want beautiful places and nature and mountain vistas they’ll just have to buy them!

Environmentalists and some native tribes say Mr. Trump’s move will destroy the national heritage and threaten some 100,000 sites of archaeological importance tucked into the monuments’ desert landscapes.

Oh blah, who cares. Read an old National Geographic, it’s the same thing.

For its supporters, the Bears Ears monument designation came to symbolize an indigenous victory after centuries of frustration.

For its opponents, it was an abuse of power by Mr. Obama, an infringement on the right of local people to decide what happens in their backyard.

“Our country places a high premium on consent,” said Phil Lyman, a county commissioner who lives at the edge of the monument. The designation, he said, “felt very nonconsensual.”

Wellllll…by “local people” and “their backyard” and “consent” they of course mean local white people and white people’s backyard and consent of white people. They don’t mean the browner people who were there long before the white people and who never gave their consent to all that moving in and taking over and calling it their “backyard.”

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