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America’s First Executive Order Threatening National Monuments

By Roy L Hales

President Donald Trump may soon become the first U.S. President to ever revoke the status of federal lands designated as national monuments. He is concerned that “wasteful regulations … create barriers to achieving energy independence” and curtail “economic growth.” So today Trump signed America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments.

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What Makes The Mojave So Important?

By Roy L Hales

Many people think of the Mojave desert as a brown wasteland, stretching between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is a good place to put industrial scale solar and wind energy projects, but of little intrinsic value. Senator Dianne Feinstein disagrees. She has tried to introduce legislation protecting this area three times since 2009, and recently wrote President Obama requesting that he designate more than a million acres monuments under the Federal Antiquities Act. This includes the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains. What makes the Mojave so important?

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