On top of everything else, 45 is also trying to rollback national marine monuments and sanctuaries, which protect America's most sensitive ocean areas.
Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.
The areas total 425 million acres of coral reefs, sandy beaches, and habitat for whales, dolphins, turtles, birds and fish — equal in size to roughly one-fifth of the Lower 48 states.
His goal is to open up the areas for the oil and gas industry. Must be nice to have friends in high places, huh?
SAMPLE COMMENTS (from this lovely blog):
* If you have visited any of the monuments or sanctuaries under review or have a connection to them, please address that particular monument. (HERE is a list of monuments under review). The Department of Commerce is looking for personal stories.
* IF YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THE AFFECTED STATES - CALIFORNIA, HAWAII, OREGON OR WASHINGTON - OR IN MICHIGAN OR MASSACHUSETTS - PLEASE MENTION IT IN YOUR COMMENTS AND MAKE SOME CONNECTION TO VISITING THE MONUMENTS OR THE COAST.
* Please keep the 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries protected as they are today. Each of these sites are the result of decades of broad, bipartisan support expressed by our elected officials and the public. Each monument underwent a robust public process. Finally, the monuments demonstrably cause no harm to the economy, specifically the longline fishing industry. Please maintain these vital protections for the benefit of wildlife, people, and our entire region.
* National marine monuments and sanctuaries safeguard biodiversity by protecting ecosystems. In these sanctuaries, unique ocean life flourishes. These monuments are also important culturally and as part of our national heritage. Further, these monuments provide nursery and spawning habitats for commercially valuable fish while also protecting thousands of threatened species.
* National Monument or sanctuary designation often increases - NOT decreases - jobs in areas surrounding the land at issue. While it is true that drilling, dumping and mining jobs may decrease, OVERALL jobs increase and the sectors of tourism in a huge boost to coastal economies. For instance, 2015 NOAA report found that recreational fishing in California's marine sanctuaries supports more than 1,300 jobs, generating more than $200 million a year. Further, the Monterey Bay sanctuaries alone provide more than 35,000 jobs and a $3.5 billion dollar a year tourism economy. Despite the popular argument, national monument or sanctuary designation HELPS, and does not hurt, local economies.
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