Editorial: Obama's final NMons too much—time to repeal Antiquities Act
Government is the word we use for the things we choose to do together, as progressives like to say. But try telling that to Utah.
In December, in the final weeks of his presidency, President Obama single-handedly created the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, despite opposition from the state’s governor, its congressional delegation, and the local elected officials that represent the area. Obama did so using his executive powers under the 1906 Antiquities Act, a Progressive Era law that allows presidents to unilaterally declare federal land off limits to most forms of development.