Biden Re-Expands Boundaries of 3 National Monuments That Were Reduced by TrumpEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

President Joe Biden on Friday re-expanded the boundaries of three national monuments that had been reduced in size under the Trump administration. The re-expansion establishes protections for about 1.35 million acres of the Bears Ears and 1.87 million acres of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, as well as 4,913 square miles (12,700 square kilometres) of waters and submerged lands off the New England coast. “This may be the easiest thing I’ve ever done so far as president—I mean it,” Biden said at a White House ceremony attended by some Democratic lawmakers, tribal leaders, and environmentalists. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, both Democrats, had established protections for the three sites under the Antiquities Act, a century-old law that gives presidents the authority to establish protections for sites considered important. Trump had sought to allow activities that support local economies in the areas as part of his efforts to loosen regulations …Read More

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