They Want it All. Land and Sea.

December 18, 2017


The meaning of Trump’s election is not really about race, resentment, or “the wall” – those are just sideshows to suck in the Fox-addled rubes.

The real aim is for a tiny group of fantastically wealthy oligarchs, in the US and elsewhere, to destroy the very idea that anyone, any agency, any government, or any law can stand in the way of unmitigated, rapacious greed.
The unraveling of a century of attempts to preserve the natural world is underway.

National Geographic:

Many eyes have been on western public lands this month as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump announced plans to scale back national monuments, most notably in Utah.

But outside the spotlight of Utah’s Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante monuments, another move is underway to curb ocean protections on both coasts. In a report to the White House earlier this month, Zinke recommended that Trump reduce boundaries or alter rules governing marine monuments in the waters off New England and Hawaii.

Zinke focused specifically on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments, a vast collection of underwater canyons and mountains 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, which is home to sea turtles, several species of whales, and deep-sea corals; Hawaii’s 13,000-square-mile Rose Atoll marine monument; and the 490,000-square-mile Pacific Remote Islands marine monument, which connects a string of islands and atolls in the central Pacific off Hawaii.

Zinke’s report did not target Papahānaumokuākea, the monument that protects the ocean around the northwestern Hawaiian Islands out to the 200-mile limit of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Trump has not yet acted on these recommendations, but he is being urged to do so by a regional fishing council that has fought for years to block or reverse ocean protections. In letters and a presentation with headlines such as “Make America Great Again: Return U.S. fishermen to U.S. waters,” the board’s chair and executive director have called monuments inconsistent with federal law, and have said that the White House should allow the fishing industry to regain access to waters closed by Trump’s predecessors.

“The bottom line is that marine national monument designations in the western Pacific region are unnecessary for the conservation and management of fishery resources,” leaders of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council wrote to the administration in May.

5 Responses to “They Want it All. Land and Sea.”

  1. I know it doesn’t help, but I hate these bastards.

    Very depressing.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      call/visit/email your rep.
      even if they are a GOP shill like mine, they have to listen.
      organize with friends and neighbors locally, inform each other and stay in touch on Facebook and social media.
      pick your battles, but be willing to show up for events and demonstrations when key moments arise.

  2. Lionel Smith Says:

    At the risk of bringing on a fit of book burning (it could come to that) these ignorant blinkered types would do well to read the books the covers of which are depicted in this montage designed as bookmarks:

    • J4Zonian Says:

      I’m having a vague memory… am thinking of a radio interview with a guy who talked about generational degradation and how whales used to be so numerous as they migrated past the California coast people standing on the shore would be overcome by their breath. Could that be The Unnatural History of the Sea?

  3. Lionel Smith Says:

    Could that be The Unnatural History of the Sea?

    Very likely. This may help Callum Roberts on his later book ‘Ocean of Life’:

    Carl Safina’s ‘Song for a Blue Ocean’ is also well worth a read.

    There was a recent furore here in the UK because government legislation lacked any indication that animals have emotions and feel pain. Many, including myself, think this was a clumsy attempt at providing a means for removing the ban on fox hunting and further deregulation in the livestock industry post Brexit.

    Carl Safina provides arguments that undermines that government position on animal feelings here (look out for his videos on the Gulf oil spill.

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