Donald Trump has often bragged about how good of a businessman he is. He boasts that he always hires the best people. He wants us to believe that the only way the country can be great is if he’s at the helm. If he’s so good at business then why has he failed to fill so many important federal positions? What does he have against our National Park system? It’s as if he’s trying to do away with our national parks. Perhaps he would rather open up our federal parks to private companies so they can destroy them for the natural resources they hold.
Nine of the twelve advisory members who advise the National Park Service quit in disgust Monday. They were rightfully upset that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them, and that he had failed to convene the biannual meetings that are required by law. Their resignation will leave the federal government without a means to designate national historic or natural landmarks.
That is really bad news for our national parks. The resigning members are obviously concerned about our parks and want to see them taken care of. Before the failing Trump administration took over our country, the advisory board used to advise the Department of Interior on things like climate change and how best to get young folks to visit the park. But ever since Trump got seated by the electoral college, things started going to hell.
Recently they were blindsided by the Trump administration’s decision to raise the entry fees into the parks and also that he had reversed the ban on plastic water bottles in the park. One has to wonder if Trump will be held accountable for his lack of action where our parks are concerned. The advisory board is required by law to meet twice a year and Ryan Zinke has kept that from happening. Since the law has been broken someone up high needs to be held accountable.
Considering Trump’s recent assaults on our national parks the advisory board resignations may not bother him at all. Back in December, he unilaterally decided to overturn an Obama era ruling that had created two new national monuments. Trump’s actions in December to shrank the size of the two new national monuments were not very popular. He is being sued by outdoor recreation company Patagonia over his decision to shrink about 85% of Bears Ears National Monument and nearly half of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
CNN also reported on more lawsuits in that case;
‘Representatives from the Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, the Navajo Nation and the Ute Indian tribes accused Trump of exceeding “the limited authority delegated to his office,” violating “the Antiquities Act and the separation of powers established in the Constitution” and circumventing the law by “attempting to evade that strict limitation” of his power.’
Who in their right mind would want to see these awesome monuments sold off or just used for the natural resources that the land holds? The whole area is spectacular and deserves to be protected. Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t see it that way.
Trump really doesn’t seem to like our national parks very much. It could also be that he simply doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s failed at running so many businesses that’s it’s no wonder he’s screwing up as much of his job as he does. He’s more like a clueless trust fund baby that takes over his family’s business, then runs it into the ground because he failed to listen to the people that actually know how to run the place. Unfortunately, this trust fund baby is running our country into the ground.
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