FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 27, 2017
President bows to anti-public lands politicians in Utah
DENVER—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said today that President Trump called him to announce his intent to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman:
“President Trump and his administration will stop at nothing to sell out America’s parks and public lands. The president couldn’t care less about the cultural history protected by Bears Ears National Monument, he simply sees more places to drill and mine.
“On the 159th birthday of Teddy Roosevelt, America’s greatest conservation president, President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke are launching an unprecedented attack on Roosevelt’s legacy. This foolish attempt to erase protections for Bears Ears—or any other national monument—will meet immediate legal challenges, and it is destined to fail in court.”