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26 National Monuments Trump Has On The Chopping Block

Updated July 20, 2020 3.2k votes 249 voters 5.2k views26 items

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The United States of America is a vast land of natural splendor and beauty. But some of its natural wonders stand in the way of mineral and oil deposits, potential toxic waste sites, or natural gas fracking fields. But luckily for those who want to destroy nature in the name of profit, President Donald Trump is trying to change that. One of Trump's many executive orders has enacted a review of certain national monuments and could possibly revoke their status. All in the name of "freedom."

What are national monuments, and why are they "oppressive"? National monuments are land sites set aside by the federal government. This process began after the Antiquities Act of 1906 - an effort to protect Native American ruins and artifacts. Since then it has helped preserve natural wonders and land from mineral exploitation. Some of these places are part of the National Parks Service, and include some of the most well-known sites in the country, including the Grand Canyon.

Environmental activists, Native American leaders, and outdoor industry groups have criticized the proposal since it risks native lands, furthers environmental degradation, and undermines the sometimes decades-long work that led to the monuments being created. Proponents of it say that mining, recreation, oil and gas exploration, tree cutting, and farming opportunities are stymied by the designations and that states should control whether and how they are protected. The collection of national monuments Trump wants to get rid of span the US and could cause major negative impacts if they're taken away.

Want to see these monuments saved? Contact your US Senator or contact the Department of the Interior