There might be some coal under there

Demon Trump is going ahead with giving part of Bears Ears National Monument to industry to develop.

U.S. President Donald Trump will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Friday, a change that will open the areas to drilling and mining but which Democrats, environmental groups and Native Americans are vowing to fight.

The two Utah sites, Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are among several that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended reducing in size in order to make way for more industrial activity on the land they occupy.

Former President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears as a national monument during his final days in office.

So naturally Trump is doing the opposite.

Sadly for Trump, it won’t do any good – he’ll still be an ignorant hateful toad of a man, and Obama will still be better than he is in pretty much every way you can think of.

Industry groups like the oil lobbying organization the American Petroleum Institute have said in the past that both monuments were unfairly designated and needed to be reviewed.

Green groups and scientists condemned the move to reduce their size.

“Despite demands from millions of Americans, Native American Tribes, elected officials across the nation, scientists and legal scholars, President Trump continues to move down a path that puts the future of America’s treasured lands at risk,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, in a statement on Friday. “Any efforts to take away protections for America’s lands and waters will be met by deep opposition and with the law on our side.”

The Navajo Nation’s top lawyer said in September the tribe would sue the Trump administration for violating the Antiquities Act, a century-old law that protects sacred sites, cultural artifacts and other historical objects, if it tried to reduce the size of Bears Ears, which the Navajo consider sacred ground.

In an email to Reuters on Friday, the lawyer, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch, said: “The Navajo Nation stands ready to defend the Bears Ears National Monument. We have a complaint ready to file upon official action by the President.”

Good luck to them.

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