Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Trump cancels protection for endangered wildlife and national parks
In the past few days, The Donald and his administration have gone ape-shit, hell-bent on destroying our natural resources, flora and fauna. First, The Donald and the U.S. Forest Service are considering a proposal to allow Arch Coal, the country's second largest coal producer to mine 1700 acres of teh Gunnison National Forest in Colorado, pristine wilderness, for coal! Environmental groups are already taking action to the destruction of public lands for the oil and gas industry.
If that wasn't enough, U.S. Dept of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took the first official step yesterday to strip Utah's Bears Ears National Monument of its federal protection. When President Obama first made Bears Ears a national monument, Utah Republicans were furious. Why? Because think of all the mining and fossil fuel drilling that can be done there! The Donald does not care about the indigenous people who consider that land sacred to their tribes. He wants their land so he can make more money.
Also yesterday (The Donald was a busy boy Monday!), his administration threw out a new rule in place since 2016 proposed by the Pacific Fisher Management Council that sought to limit the numbers of endangered whales and sea turtles getting caught in fishing nets off the West Coast. The rule applied to endangered fin, humpback and sperm whales, short-fin pilots whales, bottlenose dolphins, leatherback sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, olife-ridley sea turtles and green sea turtles.
Why, The Donald? What have you against endangered species?