Watchdog Calls on President-Elect Biden to Immediately Reverse the Trump Administration’s Damage to Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Accountable.US is urging the Biden administration to start reversing the Trump administration’s corrupt decisions to hand over protected public lands to special interests immediately after President-elect Biden is sworn in on January 20.
“As long as the reduction of protections for these places is allowed to stand, Trump-allied special interests will benefit at the expense of local communities — Native American tribes most all,” said Chris Saeger, spokesman for Accountable.US. “Donald Trump’s administration put the profits of the extractive industry ahead of protecting sacred lands that community members demand to protect. Starting on day one, the Biden administration must put an end to these giveaways and start to fix the damage of the last four years, beginning with restoring protective boundaries to places like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.”
Accountable.US is encouraging the Biden administration to restore these critical protections for our land and waters:
Restoring protections for two million acres of land in Utah that had been protected under the Antiquities Act by the Obama and Clinton administrations, respectively, by reversing Trump’s reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and blocking big oil and ranchers from developing there by reversing the Trump administration’s Approved Management Plans for both monuments.
Protect the Boundary Waters Conservation Area from the mine President Trump authorized a foreign company, which has close ties to his allies, to develop in northern Minnesota.