This from AP:
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and will be eliminated
That's the good news and good news indeed.
As in any issue that needs to pass through the democratic process, there are also complexities, including:
- He also spoke of protecting tribal interests and historical land grants, pointing to monuments in New Mexico, where Hispanic ranchers have opposed two monuments proclaimed by President Barack Obama.
Also, there is still reason for concern, and to be poised to take action.
First, The President holds a deep resentment and jealousy towards President Obama, a grudge.This holds a power over him that far outweighs whatever love he has for our natural world. This from the AP breaking bulletin:
- But significant reductions in the size of the monuments, especially those created by Obama, would mark the latest in a string of actions where Trump has sought to erode his Democratic predecessor's legacy.
An ominous cloud also still hangs over this decision:
- Zinke declined to say whether portions of the monuments would be opened up to oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industries for which Trump has advocated.
As an East Coaster, I want to acknowledge that parts of this decision should be weighted towards the culture and day-to-day life experiences of those who live in the West.
I understand that this President does not have the capacity to grasp Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, but I call on Americans to make this decision pass that test.
I look forward to seeing the full decision unfold, and I hold out hope that Secretary Zinke will make a sound, fair, and forward looking decision - one that is best for the Nation.