ANSWERS to Rep. Rob Bishop’s Questions About America’s Newest National Monument

Sep 15, 2016

Yes, a fish is an antiquity

DENVER—In response to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop asking “Is a fish an antiquity?” after President Obama protected the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman:

“Congressman Bishop’s predictable reaction to our newest national monument would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. From ‘great harm‘ to ‘elite special interests‘ to ‘bandits in the night,’ Rob Bishop never seems to run out of insults when President Obama extends his conservation legacy.

“Outrageous claims like these make you wonder if Congressman Bishop has ever read the Antiquities Act, which allows the president to protect locations of ‘historic and scientific interest.’ The fish Congressman Bishop mocks are, without a doubt, of scientific interest.”

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