Biden Creates New National Monuments in Nevada and Texas
Turns out the eco-activists are still not consoled about his the approval of the ConocoPhillip’s Alaska project.
As noted in an earlier report, Biden’s administration recently approved ConocoPhillips’ $8 billion drilling project in Alaska.
Environmental extremists, a key Democratic Party constituency, were clearly unhappy with this reasonable support of a critical American industry.
So, in a public relations move, Biden has just signed away the potential for Americans to develop and neatly one-half million acres in Nevada and Texas.
…. Biden said Tuesday he is establishing national monuments on more than half a million acres in Nevada and Texas and creating a marine sanctuary in U.S. waters near the Pacific Remote Islands southwest of Hawaii. The conservation measures are “protecting the heart and soul of our national pride,″ Biden said.
Speaking at a White House summit on conservation action, Biden said the new monuments are among the “natural treasures” that “define our identity as a nation. They’re a birthright we have to pass down to generation after generation.″
Biden designated Avi Kwa Ame, a desert mountain in southern Nevada that Native Americans consider sacred, as a national monument, along with the Castner Range in El Paso, Texas. He also moved to create a national marine sanctuary in U.S. waters around the Pacific Remote Islands.
Nevada’s new Republican governor slammed the monument designation as “federal confiscation.”
Gov. Joe Lombardo, who unseated the state’s Democratic governor in November, said the White House did not consult with his administration before moving to block clean-energy projects and other development in his state.
“This kind of ‘Washington Knows Best’ policy might win plaudits from unaccountable special interests, but it’s going to cost our state jobs and economic opportunity,” Lombardo said in a statement.
Gov. @JosephMLombardo has issued a statement on the Avi Kwa Ame designation as a national monument, criticizing the Biden administration over a lack of communication about the designation. https://t.co/qEuGgh6kMO pic.twitter.com/JZ4U1B0pNE
— Sean Golonka (@s_golonka) March 21, 2023
Sadly for Biden, the eco-activists are not consoled.
Biden made the announcement at a summit for tribal leaders and elected officials that was hosted by the White House and Interior Department.
As they met, climate and youth activists demonstrated outside the Interior Department’s headquarters to protest the recently approved Willow oil drilling project in Alaska. The Biden administration approved the controversial Willow Project last week.
The drilling project, which is slated for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, galvanized a surge of online activism against it in recent months. Environmental advocates have filed two lawsuits in federal court to stop the project.
But at least the cultists can accept that it is another reversal of President Trump‘s economy-strengthening policies.
Former President Donald Trump reduced protections for those monuments during his administration. The Trump administration cut the size of the federally protected lands in Utah and sought to open up the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing.
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Can Trump sue Alvin Bragg for malicious prosecution?
Not unless he actually prosecutes him.
A marine-life sanctuary at the end of the Pacific Missile Range is good.
Until some court decides that the military has to stop firing missiles into it, because it might harm the fish.
Where does the federal government get the authority to designate these “national monuments”?
The Antiquities Act. Which is a bad law and should be repealed. But for now it is the law, so it is absolutely within the president’s authority.
Where in the Constitution does it get it? Because if it’s not stated there, they don’t have it
That’s not true. The federal government need not derive all its powers from the constitution. The valid laws passed by Congress are the supreme law of the land, and the government can get authority from them.
It also has inherent powers, that derive not from any specific clause but from its very nature. The constitution grants the president the entire executive power of the USA; it doesn’t specify what that power consists of, but there are functions that are obviously inherent in it, such as the power to manage the USA’s property.
And the final clause of Article 1 § 8 gives Congress the power “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution […] all other powers vested by this constitution in the government […] or in any department or officer thereof”. Since managing the USA’s property is such a power of the president, Congress can make laws about how the president shall carry it out.
In this case it has authorized the president, at his own discretion, to declare parts of such property to be national monuments, and to make regulations for how such property is to be managed. I think it was foolish and wrong of Congress to do so, but I don’t dispute its power to do it.
I don’t know about the others, but the “Castner Range” is already part of Ft Bliss.
Memo for GOP Congress in 2025 (May it come to pass!): No more designation of national monuments without congressional authorization.
If you mean that the Antiquities Act should be repealed, so that there are no more national monuments at all, then I agree with you. If that’s not what you mean then please explain, because the entire point of the act, and of national monuments in the first place, is to allow the president to act without congress. If congress is ready to act then it can declare a national park.
The Act is Unconstitutional
No, it isn’t. It’s bad policy, but Congress has the authority to direct how the president manages the USA’s property.
It can’t be confiscation, because the land in question already belongs to the federal government. If it didn’t, Biden couldn’t do this in the first place. National monuments can only be declared on federal property.
Personally, I’d prefer he declare ALL remaining open land in Texas to be a National
Park cause they are building everywhere and won’t stop till the last mile of cement is laid.
There simple is no land for living creatures
We now have about 100 deer, that have become neighborhood pets secondary to the building all around and no where for them to go. I have a year round creek in my backyard and 5 acres of forest space they can’t build on and they live there or follow the creek up a short ways to another neighborhood.
We all watch out for them, help them out with food in bad weather.
Pray for them when the coyotes show up at birthing season and traffic…
He can’t declare national parks. Only congress can do that.
He can only declare national monuments, and that only on federal property.
The federal government should have no such power. period.
Good news. It doesn’t. It only has power over its own property. That power derives not from the constitution but from the nature of property ownership. The USA is a land owner, and has the same power over its property as anyone else does. It’s also an employer, and has the same authority to direct its employees that any employer has. It has no direct authority over property that doesn’t belong to it; but it has the authority to forcibly acquire such property for public use, after which it has the same authority as it does over all its other property.
By what means did most of Nevada become Federal property?
The USA acquired it from Mexico.
But Where is Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, with all the Whales being slaughtered by the Windmills in the ocean and the birds, eagles being decimated?