President BidenJoe BidenArkansas lawmakers move bills banning companies from demanding workers’ vaccine status Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase On The Money-Presented by NRHC Senate slowly recedes from debt disaster MORE on Friday officially restored environmental protection that was rolled back by earlier President TrumpDonald Trump Trump urges GOP senators to vote against McConnell debt deal – Signature proclamations to restore the boundaries of two Utah monuments and ban commercial fishing in a northeastern marine monument.
Biden relied on explaining his decision, indigenous rights, and calling one of the Utah monuments, the Bears Ears, “a place of healing … a place of reverence, a holy homeland for hundreds of generations of indigenous peoples.”
He also brought up climate change and spoke in favor of climate change in his economic agenda.
“Nearly one in three Americans lives in a community that was hit by weather disasters just in the last few months,” Biden said. “Both the Build Back Better Plan and my two-part infrastructure agreement are going to make critical investments, increasing resilience to these devastating effects on the climate crisis.”
Trump had reduced the size of the Bears Ears, designated by the then-President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Health Care -Presented by EMAA-Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve COVID-19 Vaccine for 5 to 11-Year-Olds, Biden is Expected to Restore National Monument Boundaries Scaled Down by Trump ‘Bernie Biden’ and His Misunderstood Agenda for America MORE, by about 85 percent, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante, designated by then-President Clinton, by nearly half.
He also decided to open the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, off the coast of New England, for commercial fishing.
The White House announced late Thursday that Biden would restore the Grand Staircase-Escalante to its pre-Trump borders, ban commercial fishing at the Sea Monument, and phase out red crab and lobster fishing.
For the Bears Ears, it will return to preserving the entire land that was part of the monument before Trump, while retaining land added during the Trump years to make the monument 11,200 acres larger than it was under Obama.
The announcement was met with criticism from several of Utah’s elected leaders, including Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySchumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling key debt limit vote triggers major battle among Republicans in Senate Biden slips further back to failed China’s policy MORE (R).
“President Biden is delivering a devastating blow to the ongoing efforts of our delegation along with state, local and tribal leaders to find a permanent, legislative solution to resolve the long-standing dispute over the boundaries and handling of Bears Ears and Grand Trappe -Escalante nationale monuments, ”he said.
“Instead of taking the opportunity to build unity in a divided region and bring resources and lasting protection to sacred antiquities by seeking a mutually beneficial and permanent legislative solution, President Biden flared up the flames of controversy and ignored input from local communities closest to them. monuments, “he added.
The news was celebrated by some tribal groups.
“President Biden did the right thing by restoring the Bears Ears National Monument,” said a statement from Shaun Chapoose, a member of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. “We will always return to these lands to administer and care for our holy places, waters, and medicine.”
Minister of the Interior Deb HaalandDeb HaalandAdministration Confirms It Will Restore National Monuments to Boundaries Before Trump Overnight Energy & Environment Biden Set to Restore National Monuments Rolled Back by Trump Biden Expected to Restore National Monument Boundaries Scaled Back by Trump MORE, the first Native American cabinet secretary, spoke at Friday’s event, saying the move bends “the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”
Today’s announcement – It’s not just about national monuments. It is about this administration centering the voices of indigenous peoples and confirming the joint management of this landscape with tribal peoples, ”she said.