Why Trump Doesn't Have The Power To Mess With National Monuments

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WASHINGTON — Nothing gives U.S. presidents the authority to abolish, shrink or otherwise weaken national monuments, four legal scholars have concluded in a new analysis.

However timely and significant, the findings are likely to be ignored by President Donald Trump, who appears set on trying to rescind monument status on sites such as the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, or at least shrink them. If he does, the administration will almost certainly be challenged in court.

In their paper, two law professors from the University of Colorado and UCLA, an assistant law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a law school fellow at UCLA conclude that Congress, not the president, has sole legal power to rescind or weaken protections for monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Twenty-seven of America’s national monuments, spanning more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean, are threatened by a pair of executive orders signed by Trump last month. One order tasks the Interior Department with reviewing all federal monuments 100,000 acres or larger that were [READ MORE HERE]

Source: Huffington Science

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