Good Job Jim. Fall in line with the rest of your cronies. I would think after
representing the citizens of this state, you would be lobbying for them to keep
control of their natural resources. Instead, you are lobbying for the federal
government to take control of them. Would you feel the same way if it were a
letter requesting that federal government take control of the California
coastlines? They have far more environmental and economic impact than ANYTHING
Utah has. I doubt you would support that effort because the rest of your cronies
would be opposed. That is a sad commentary on your commitment to the people to
Utah. Hurry and go away.
When they see it, they'll realize that it really does need additional
protection that monument status would provide. They might even push for
designating more acreage.Good idea!
National monuments are way cool and will bring in billions and billions to us
compared to any development from fossil fuels because we all know that’s
not worth anything nowadays. School children in Utah are not as important as the
rocks because rocks are pretty and our president and the 14 senators think the
rocks are pretty too so our president should lock the land up without any
approval from any body else cause he knows best what’s pretty and we trust
Proximity is not ownership. Just because I live near a City Park does not make
it mine, but I appreciate being able to use use it without destroying it, along
with all the other folks who wish to. I'm not angry because I can't
build my house on this public place, I am happy that others can't build or
dig of burn it up, or fence it off so that only they can use it.America is still growing and short sighted folks look at open spaces as ugly
or useless, unless they are turning some kind of profit from it. Our
children's children will look at this as visionary and be thankful that
someone had the forethought to think of them instead of me, right her,e right
now, that's all there is.Locals are already lucky to live near
such great places and not have to travel from Rhode Island to picnic there.When Utah reimburses the nations tax payers for the multiple Super Site
Clean-up's in Utah, you can talk about responsibility and good management.
It appears that a few responders here misunderstand the Governor's
motivation here. He does not want national monument designation and hopes that
letting the 14 senators experience the situation close up will influence them to
not push their proposal. As Chaffetz did, he will introduce our-of-state law
makers to the locals who will be impacted by this. There is another
point to consider, as well. The land in question already belongs to the federal
government and therefore, with our without national monument status, contributes
nothing to Utah education. Meanwhile, the State of Utah still will not
administer this land - that falls to the BLM. The only way this situation
changes to local control is if the Feds grant the land to the state. That
won't happen in my lifetime or in yours, I suspect. Meanwhile,
I will choose to excited about things I have a modicum of control over.
The National Park proposal is a very generous idea. Since the concept is so
appealing, let's have each of the senators urging the proposed park to
designate equal areas of land in their own home states for the honor of
promotion to permanent federal "management". I'm certain their
contituents will cheer enthusiastically for the opportunity to create such a
splendid legacy.We can have the federal government appropriate 1.8
million acres each from Illinois, Wisconson, Connecticut, California, Ohio,
Iowa, Massachusetts (twice!), New Jersey, Washington, Vermont, Hawaii, Michigan,
and especially Rhode Island.Oh, wait. I'm sorry, I forgot that
Rhode Island doesn't even HAVE quite that much area withhin their great
little state. So they can be excused, I suppose.
Utah is doing better economically than the various east- and west-coast
people's republiks because we have a diverse economy. Technology,
financial, manufacturing, metals, fuel, all made in Utah. Jobs created by
national parks are a handful of service industry jobs; maids, tour operators,
waitresses and of course, federal employees. Jobs created by ore and fuel
extraction are living-wage, career jobs. And if we can't dig in the dirt in
the middle of nowhere, where can we do it? If these busy-body
politicians can't be bothered to come out and see how their Imperial
overreach affects local people then they should stay home and pass another ban
on incandescent light bulbs.
it is a political ploy and nothing more by these Senators. I don't doubt
the president will do it because he wants his hands in everything and the
Democratic senators know this. This is just a ploy to try to punish a
conservative state and flex political muscles where they can. And
yes our air sucks in the Winter, but if you want to blame someone, blame the
cars--#1 cause of bad air in the state. So liberals, stay home from work and
don't drive. Geez!
Legistlators do not care about education in this state. Arguing if the state
could just have more control of these lands then we would have more money for
education is a farce.
I have no problem setting aside truly magnificent or unique land as a national
monument but this does NOT qualify as either. I can go anywhere in the west
desert of Utah and find the same look and feel. So this begs the question WHY
are the feds after more Utah land and why is Herbert so willing to give it up?
Seems to me it is time to say NO MORE LANDING GRABBING to the feds. If the feds
own the land then you can forget oil/gas exploration because the EPA will lock
I'd like to know who or what is really behind a bunch of Senators pushing
Obama to use his pen and phone to lock up a large parcel of Utah to which they
have no representative interest.Why don't they push for such measures in
their home states and leave it to Utah's representatives to recommend (or
not) such actions in Utah?
Has there ever been a stronger argument to a Democrat in the WH than this?
Finally our Extraction Industry supported GOP is realizing not only the American
public but the power base in Washington has them outnumbered.
A monument would bring in far, far more money than what is currently happening
in that area. People in norther Arizona were very opposed to the Grand
Canyon being made a monument almost 100 years ago. Now look at it, they make
millions of dollars every year off of the canyon. I know most Americans
would prefer a monument to another C Bundy situation in that area.
Great! When those Senators actually see the land, they'll push even harder
for a National Monument. I hope Gary Herbert shows them Beck Street,
too. Then they can see for themselves how Utah manages lands....
Gary ought to explain to these 14 senators, should they choose to show up, how
much money the state will lose for the School Lands Trust Fund when these
parcels get locked up in a national monument and can't generate any income
for the state schools. The state lost a ton of that money when Clinton locked
up that huge parcel with the Escalante Grande Staircase thing. There was a lot
of coal in them there hills.I'd pay money to see Bernie Sanders
in a life jacket on the Colorado River.
I hope that those who are supporting even more stringent Federal control of Utah
lands realize that they are condemning Utah school children to a level of
support for public education that will continue to be very poor. Tax dollars
that support our public schools can come from gas, oil, coal, uranium, potash,
etc. in much greater amounts than any national park or monument will ever
produce. Modern methods to develop natural resources are less intrusive than in
the past and will be a good thing for our economy. Think of what is best for
our school children.
A perfect motivation to declare the new monument. Either that, or the Gov. is
trying to show them that Utah's land is pretty much not worth much and they
I hope they come in January when we have no breathable air. We'll show
them how e manage the environment and our beautiful state.