New analysis of submitted comments finds overwhelming in-state support for national monuments
A new analysis of more than 100,000 individual comments submitted to regulations.gov finds Utah residents expressed overwhelming support for protecting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante national monuments.
In April, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to begin a 120-day review of national monument designations dating back to 1996. Secretary Zinke must present a 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument this coming weekend. During the 15-day public comment period on Bears Ears, more than 100,000 Americans submitted comments directly to regulations.gov. While the comment form did not require commenters to disclose their zip code or home state, a large number of commenters stated they were Utah residents.
A full-text search of those comments by the Center for Western Priorities found more than 1,200 self-identified Utahns. Of those Utah residents, 88 percent expressed support for keeping national monuments intact, while 11 percent requested President Trump shrink or rescind monuments. (more…)