Friday, April 7, 2017

Bac to the Future, Part II

Biff Tannen is president.
A few days ago, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees millions acres of public land under the Department of the Interior, swapped its homepage image of a beautiful park to a massive pile of coal at a mine in Wyoming.


[T]he coal photo gave a glimpse of the grim vision this administration has for public lands owned by all Americans. On March 28, President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to resume giving away tens of thousands of acres of public lands to the coal industry, overturning a coal-leasing moratorium put in place by the Obama administration. Less than 24 hours later, Earthjustice sued the Trump administration for overturning the moratorium on leasing public lands for coal extraction. More than one-tenth of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the pollution driving climate change, come from coal extracted from public lands. And internal Interior Department and independent Government Accountability Office audits have recently concluded that the current leasing system shortchanges taxpayers while subsidizing the coal industry.


Though Trump has been pretty clear that he doesn’t value the protection of our nation’s lands, the visual reminder about how Trump views our public lands as merely places to drill, mine and extract really hit home for the public.


After the public outcry, the Trump administration replaced the coal mine image to a man fishing in a river.

  Earth Justice

I guess Trump supporters don't take their children on hikes in the national parks.

But they do fish.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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