A group of Utah conservationists is suing the Trump administration over a recent decision to alter the status of a couple of national monuments across the state. The group underlined that the federal government is behind the largest elimination of protected land in the nation’s history.
Patagonia, a website that sells outdoor gear, changed the color of its platform into black when Trump announced the decision to shrink the Bear Ears National Monument.
The company’s founder Yvon Choinard, who now leads the coalition against the Trump administration’s decision, believes the Trump White House only reacts to lawsuits.
The coalition which includes scientists, conservationists, Native Americans, historians, and the outdoor gear company sued the Trump administration this week in a Washington D.C.-based federal court.
The group wants to reverse Trump’s decision to revoke the Utah national monument’s status and break it down into two units. According to the lawsuit, it is not in Trump’s authority to alter the configuration of a national monument.
Conservationists Accuse Trump of ‘Unlawful Actions
Patagonia President Rose Marcario underlined that America is against the Trump administration’s appetite for national monuments. Marcario accused Trump of “unlawful actions” that will negatively impact future generations.
We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts,
Patagonia’s president said.
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that no lawsuit would change the federal government’s decision. Zinke thinks that there are people who are suing just to make money. He also accused Patagonia of lying when the company published a sign reading that Trump “stole land,” since no public land would be removed from the monument.
Zinke described the outdoor gear company’s claims as “nefarious” and “false”.
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