Occupy Oak Flat asks Obama to declare site a national monument

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 28-02-2015-05-2008

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Tonto National Forest

One executive action most conservatives hate is the establishment of a national monument, which the president can do without congressional approval. He/She marks out some land on a map, declares it ecologically or culturally significant, gives it a name, and signs a piece of paper prohibiting most development on the site. Predictably, the heads of exploiters and their political cronies explode.

The action dates to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which was established primarily to protect relatively small, sensitive archeological sites, the first being Devils Tower in Wyoming. When President Theodore Roosevelt used the tool in 1908 to set aside 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, he took it to a new level, famously declaring, “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it.” Of course the territory’s governor, many elected officials, and the land devourers (mining and forest companies) went berserk. TR would use the Act 18 times to establish national monuments, some eventually becoming national parks.

In our day, President Obama has exercised his power to establish or enlarge 16 National Monuments, the most recent being Browns Canyon in Colorado, a former internment camp in Hawaii, and Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. Now protesters occupying the environmentally and spiritually significant area called Oak Flat, which is part of Tonto National Forest about 60 miles northeast of Phoenix, have called on President Obama to use his pen once again, in order to protect thousands of acres that are about to be desecrated by a copper mining company.

Find out why below the fold.  

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