President Trump's first year in office ended with a government shutdown, putting parks at risk. That's fitting, because we've never seen a tougher year for public lands. Here's a recap of attacks on national parks and public lands during #TrumpsFirstYear (thread)
Jan. 23, 2017: @POTUS institutes a hiring freeze for Federal civilian employees, including an already under-staffed and underfunded @NPS… #TrumpsFirstYear
Jan. 30, 2017: @POTUS guts existing regulatory standards by requiring repeal of 2 regulations for every one enacted, and offsetting costs for new rules by rescinding existing ones. @Interior begins dismantling protections for public lands… #TrumpsFirstYear
Feb. 24, 2017: @POTUS moves to institute regulatory reform for government agencies. As a result, @Interior opens an ongoing comment period on "unnecessary regulatory burdens" #TrumpsFirstYear
Feb. 28, 2017: @POTUS moves to derail Clean Water initiatives in a devastating blow to national parks and communities that depend on clean water… #TrumpsFirstYear
March 13, 2017: @POTUS directs @OMBPress to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate "unnecessary" agencies. @Interior and @NPS risk losing key positions… #TrumpsFirstYear
March 28, 2017: @POTUS outlines a devastating future for public lands in a single executive order that reverses decades of work that protects our national parks from the perils of climate change… #TrumpsFirstYear
March 29, 2017: @Interior overturns a 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends environmental review of opening new leases near national parks… #TrumpsFirstYear
March 29, 2017: @Interior outlines a 21-day internal review process for several important energy and climate change policies without public input… #TrumpsFirstYear
April 5, 2017: @Interior takes steps to approve a dangerous groundwater mining proposal that threatens @MojavePres - the third largest national park site in the lower 48 states… #TrumpsFirstYear
April 5, 2017: @OMBPress releases memo detailing a plan to reduce the federal government workforce, potentially impacting already understaffed #nationalparks. #TrumpsFirstYear
April 21, 2017: @BLMNational approves right-of way for Eagle Crest, a controversial pumped storage project surrounded on three sides by Joshua Tree. #TrumpsFirstYear
April 26, 2017: @POTUS orders @Interior to review all national monuments created since 1996 by the Antiquities Act. No president has attempted to revoke a predecessor’s monument designation… #TrumpsFirstYear
April 28, 2017: @POTUS orders @Interior to create a new 5-year plan that expands oil drill on- and off-shore. Expanded drilling could endanger up to 88 coastal national parks… #TrumpsFirstYear
May 12, 2017: @EPA reverses course and allows a Canadian mining company to move forward with permits for the Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay in Alaska.… #TrumpsFirstYear
May 23, 2017: @POTUS budget is released. It recommends a massive 13% cut to the National Park Service – the biggest cut since WWII.… #TrumpsFirstYear
June 2, 2017: @SecretaryZinke announces he will recommend cutting protections for Bears Ears National Monument -- even though @POTUS has no authority to do so.… #TrumpsFirstYear #StandWithBearsEars
June 22, 2017: @USFWS says it's removing Yellowstone grizzlies from the endangered species list. They later admitted to not following proper process in making the decision.… #TrumpsFirstYear
July 6, 2017: Dominion Power is granted permit to build giant electric towers over the James River, near the historical park protecting Jamestown, the first English settlement in America.… #TrumpsFirstYear
July 7, 2017: @OMB kicks off the budget process with memo telling agencies to implement @POTUS' proposed cuts, including 13% reduction for NPS. #TrumpsFirstYear
July 19, 2017: @Interior tells NPS it must reconsider its regulations on hunting bears in Alaska's national parks.… #TrumpsFirstYear
July 25, 2017: @BLMNational proposes rolling back regulations that protect public lands and waters from fracking pollution.… #TrumpsFirstYear
August 17, 2017: @NatlParkService rescinds the ban on selling bottled water in national parks despite having found that the ban was successful.… #TrumpsFirstYear
August 31, 2017: @Interior “streamlines” NEPA by imposing severe time and page limits on essential decision-making documents… #TrumpsFirstYear
August 31, 2017: @NatlParkService rescinds Directors Order #100 further weakening policies that protect our public lands and waters from current and emerging challenges… #TrumpsFirstYear
September 15, 2017: @DOI requires agencies to create a plan to open more parks and public lands to hunting… #TrumpsFirstYear
September 17, 2017: @SecretaryZinke recommends that @POTUS gut 10 national monuments… #TrumpsFirstYear
October 1, 2017: @EPA refuses to identify parts of the country where ozone pollution threatens public health and national parks… #TrumpsFirstYear
October 4, 2017: @BLMNational announces that it will delay methane standards that were finalized in 2016 to help improve air quality and reduce climate change effects… #TrumpsFirstYear
October 10, 2017: @EPA aims to repeal the Clean Power Plan, putting the interests of polluters over public health and the environment… #TrumpsFirstYear
October 24, 2017: @Interior announces a comment period on proposal to increase fees up to 3x -- to as much as $70 during peak seasons -- at 17 of our most visited national parks… #TrumpsFirstYear
November 1, 2017: @Interior recommends rolling back a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon… #TrumpsFirstYear
December 4, 2017: @POTUS disregards local tribes and millions of people by signing a proclamation to eliminate protections at Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monuments… #TrumpsFirstYear
January 4, 2018: @POTUS releases a draft 5-year plan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts, putting national park sites and local communities at risk… #TrumpsFirstYear
January 20, 2018: @POTUS presides over an historic government shutdown, with his Interior Department issuing confusing, dangerous, and possibly illegal guidance for parks until the shutdown ends.… #TrumpsFirstYear
This year was a doozy, but there's still so much to keep fighting for! We are ready to protect our national parks and public lands from anything this administration throws at us. Join us #TrumpsFirstYear /end
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