Sens. Mike Lee, Mitt Romney try again to block presidents from creating national monuments in Utah

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 7:04 a.m.

    More "Land snatcher" in our leadership.

    Utah is lucky to be so beautiful that so many national parks exist.

    Some people don't believe public lands are worth anything until they are sold for one time profit to friends and relatives as we've seen with out "developer" representatives.

    Greed seems to be the only motivation for our republican representatives.

    I don't understand why some people think its wonderful that states back east have no public lands and aspire to this? They love the idea of endless fences, no trespassing signs, private property blocking access, yep what a dream place?

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 10:38 p.m.

    Quit dissing Wyoming. That's a great State and they do a lot of things right there. Utahns should be so lucky as those who live in Wyoming.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 7:46 p.m.

    @Stevo

    you said
    "Our National Parks and Monuments are our most precious assets. Keep Mr Lee out of it".

    NO...Keep Liberal Presidents who have never stepped foot in our Federal Lands to to stay out of it.
    Our Senators know more than they...

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Jan. 10, 2019 7:02 p.m.

    Our National Parks and Monuments are our most precious assets. Keep Mr Lee out of it.

  • Matthew H ,
    Jan. 10, 2019 5:42 p.m.

    Introducing a bill is all well and good, but I sincerely doubt this one will go anywhere. There's no way a Democrat-controlled House would send an Antiquities Act exemption to the president's desk. I doubt that even the Republican-controlled Senate would pass this: only a small percentage of bills ever go anywhere; neither Lee, a pariah among his peers in the Senate, nor Romney, a new guy, have the political clout to get leadership to prioritize it; and enough Republican senators in eastern and left-leaning states would be too scared of appearing anti-environment to support it. It's a nice gesture, but I hope we see our senators introducing and passing pragmatic legislation, not spending all their time "making a statement" on issues that probably don't have a realistic chance of changing.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 3:53 p.m.

    If Lee gets his way, you better take a picture of Arches and Zion to show your grandkids before they’re turned into amusement parks.

  • Brad Peterson South Ogden, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 3:11 p.m.

    I'd love to see Lee or Romney propose some federal land swaps.

    1) Find good federal ranchland in Utah, then
    2) Find private forests or grasslands back East, then
    3) Sell the federal land and use the monies to buy equal acreage of land back East.

    That way, the feds doesn't lose an acre of land. Utah also gets more tax monies, local ownership, and say.

    Biggest problem is that few in the East are keen on the idea of more public lands in their backyard...

  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    It's too bad these two don't stand up to a president on his shiny metal ball, er, steel-slatted wall.

    And to follow Wyoming on public land policy? Wow! Sure, tourists come from all over the world to enjoy the scenic vistas of the Jonah Field and the amazing landscape of the Pinedale Anticline gas fields--both vast swaths of public land leased to those great stewards of public land, Encana, BP, Chevron, Amoco, Questar, Shell and McMurry. One well per acre is the final build-out, which looks like a bombed landscape, and is especially nice in winter with the ozone and dust.

    Perhaps Mitt and Mike would like the same near our national parks and monuments.

  • suzyk#1 , 00
    Jan. 10, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    I support Senators Lee and Romney....and hopefully they will be able to block President Trump from creating national monuments in Utah...we are not in need of those.