Skip to comments.Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects[sic] 1.8 million acres in California's desert
Posted on 02/12/2016 11:42:22 AM PST by BenLurkin
Obama to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which authorizes presidents to create national monuments on federal land to protect "objects of historic and scientific interest."
With his second term winding down, Obama has now protected more than 265 million acres of land and water, more than any other administration. A year ago, Obama designated much of the Angeles National Forest as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
The designations, which do not include funding, were supported by groups including the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Assn., the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
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this kind of stuff needs to be left to the states.
The upside to this is that it prevents LA real estate developers from building cities in the desert that’ll have to depend on water from as far away as British Columbia and the Great Lakes.
There's no upside when the states cede land to the feds. HOW something is done matters just as much as WHAT is done. California should have done this at the STATE level. You really think this can't now be changed at the federal level, now that they have this land? What rot. Mussolini made the trains run on time, too. But at what cost?
The Sierra club is a vermin agenda 21 group.
Ditto for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Is this where they’re planning to stash all the refugees ..??
“The Restoration of State Lands Act of 2017.”
In recognition that despite having only limited powers to nationalize state lands for the purposes of Indian treaties and military reservations, this act creates a formal process for states to recover such lands taken by the federal government by decree or court order, for purposes outside of its constitutional authority.
While it may continue to *suggest* that states manage their lands in such a way as to conserve or even preserve places of unique value for many reasons; the states will no longer be obligated to do so. Nor will federal officers, agents, employees, or contractors carry out any authoritative, managerial, or enforcement activities on those state lands without state approval.
And this act will apply to not just the surface environment, but to the mineral rights below, and the airspace above these lands lower than 10,000 feet.
Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlement, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings-and healthy conditions for people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.â The preamble to The Vancouver Action Plan approved at Habitat: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (31 May to 11 June 1976).
It’s too bad we don’t have a President who would tell the UN where it can pound sand.
"Unable to gain momentum on her California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act last year, Feinstein and conservation groups asked Obama to act unilaterally to create the three monuments overlapping biological zones between roughly Palm Springs and the Nevada border."
Unilaterally! Isn't that what kings and dictators do?
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