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Take action: Public lands for sale to dirty energy industry

When Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ignored over 2.8 million public comments and illegally eliminated protections for vast portions of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, it was obvious that it was a gift to the dirty energy industry and a betrayal of local communities and indigenous peoples. 

As of today, those national monuments will be available for sale to the highest bidder. More than two million acres of formerly protected public lands are now open to mining corporations and energy developers that will try and sell the fuels they extract from our precious public lands to utilities all over the country.

The decimation and sale of public lands for the profit of the fossil fuel industry is unacceptable! That’s why we’re taking immediate steps to fight back. 

Take action: Urge utility companies to stand with the American people by committing to refrain from purchasing any dirty fuels extracted from these national monuments

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I urge utility companies to stand with the American people by committing to refrain from purchasing any dirty fuels extracted from lands in the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, which the Trump Administration has illegally opened to development . Grand Staircase-Escalante is a geological treasure, home to 20,000 archeological sites and sprinkled with slot canyons, monoliths, and natural bridges. Twenty-one new species of dinosaurs have been discovered there since the area’s designation as a national monument. Grand Staircase-Escalante also houses centuries of Latino history and is vital to the culture and economies of local communities. Bears Ears is vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau as a place of subsistence, spirituality, and healing. These lands are home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, including the cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art panels of the Ancestral Puebloan people. More than 2.8 million people submitted public comments in support of protecting these special lands. Now I call on utility companies to join me and millions of other Americans in protecting our national monuments by refusing to buy any fuels from these special places.