“In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens.” The Guardian
Here I thought national parks were something everyone in the world could get behind. Republican Representative Rob Bishop, who authored the bill, hails from Utah, where an environmental showdown is brewing. President Obama established the Bear Ears National Monument at the end of December, angering Republican state leadership to whom federally protected lands are apparently wasted income. The outdoor reaction industry in Utah is worth $12bn and 122,000 jobs.
Last week, executives from Patagonia and Black Diamond pushed back against aggressive efforts to reverse this decision by urging the Outdoor Retailer Show, a massive biannual trade expo, to leave the state if Governor Herbert and Utah’s congressional delegation continue to undermine the protection of public land. The expo brings in about $45m in direct spending.
Trump is already making good on his campaign promise to transform the economy.