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NRDC fights Trump's national monument attack
NRDC fights Trump's national monument attack
In an unprecedented attack on our natural heritage, the Trump administration has officially recommended rolling back protections for some of America's most cherished national monuments.

This is uncharted territory — no president has ever tried to destroy our national monuments in this way. It's the first step towards handing over these iconic wild places to fossil fuel, logging, commercial fishing, and mining interests.

What's more, any executive action by President Trump to change the boundaries of a national monument or weaken monument protections is illegal.

NRDC will fight back with everything we've got — including taking President Trump to court if we have to. We've already filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to get more details about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations that the Trump administration has pointedly not revealed to the American people.

Trump and Secretary Zinke want to sell out these cherished natural treasures to industrial interests so they can exploit them for profit.

But national monuments like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off Cape Cod, and many others, aren't Trump's to destroy. They belong to you and me, and to our kids and grandkids.

Not every family can vacation at their own private country club. All of us, though, can enjoy these treasured American places. They've hosted our summer vacations, family road trips, and childhood adventures for generations. They're home to wildlife and landscapes that are a fundamental part of America's natural heritage. And they're one piece of our national fabric that we won't let Trump tear apart.

That's why NRDC is standing up against this reckless assault. We're rallying tens of thousands of NRDC supporters to help build a firewall of opposition in the courts and in Congress to this and Trump's other disastrous anti-environment plans.

And the moment the administration starts putting Secretary Zinke's recommendations into action, our legal team will be ready to fight them in court every step of the way.

We're fighting for the future of these iconic lands and waters, and for the promise that we've made to our children so that generations of Americans may know our country's natural splendor. If Trump tries to break that promise, we'll see him in court — that's a promise, too.

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2017 (Archive on Saturday, September 16, 2017)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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