Democrats were worried that Donald Trump would threaten our democracy if he questioned the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s coronation. When things unexpectedly went the other way, they responded by threatening our democracy. On his way out of office, Obama is doing everything he can to sabotage Trump.
His latest move? Doing everything he can to stop Trump from making American energy…”great again.” Here’s how:
Before he leaves, President Obama has designated almost 1.6 million acres of land in Nevada and Utah as national monuments to protect Native American burial grounds and sacred sites. This is seen as another swipe against the incoming Trump administration since the 1.35 million acres in Utah will effectively end new oil and gas exploration leases (via The Hill):
The areas newly protected from development and various activities are the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. Both areas are owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management.
The actions further cement the aggressive conservation legacy of Obama, who has protected more land and water than any other president under the Antiquities Act.
The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears area could be the most controversial of Obama’s dozens of national monuments, in part because it shuts down any new leases for mining or oil and natural gas, exploration, along with other development and potential harms.
Here’s Obama, again, doing what he can to secure his legacy among loony lefties at the expense of the American people. Never mind that massive swaths of Nevada and Utah are already owned by the federal government under a land management system that’s wildly unpopular.