Yesterday two proclamations were signed in Utah, both radically diminishing the size of National Monuments established by previous presidents – one in the mid-1990’s by President Clinton and the other just last year by President Obama.
Both proclamations are long, attempting to make the case the size should be reduced for various reasons, but fundamentally, the point is to allow for development of those lands. Already, law suits have been filed to block the actions.
There is no precedent for reversals such as these. Some have argued the President does not have authority to rescind a previous President’s actions.
We shall see as the legal process plays out.
Official Titles and Links:
- Presidential Proclamation Modifying the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
- Presidential Proclamation Modifying the Bears Ears National Monument
Proclamations dated December 4, 2017