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Sunday, December 10, 2017

A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area's uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and top Utah Republicans have said repeatedly that questions of mining or drilling played no role in President Trump's announcement Monday that he was cutting the site by more than 1.1 million acres, or 85 percent. Trump also signed a proclamation nearly halving the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is also in southern Utah and has significant coal deposits.

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"This is not about energy," Zinke told reporters Tuesday. "There is no mine within Bears Ears."

But the nation's sole uranium processing mill sits directly next to the boundaries that President Barack Obama designated a year ago when he established Bears Ears. The documents show that Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, urged the Trump administration to limit the monument to the smallest size needed to protect key objects and areas, such as archeological sites, to make it easier to access the radioactive ore.

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Is there anyone who actually believes that the assault on our public lands is anything other corporate greed?

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-09 02:10 PM | Reply

This makes me so sad.

Radioactive ore mining in this formerly protected area is tragic.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-09 02:13 PM | Reply

I wonder if madbomber will be angry when the mining corps don't allow public access to the land.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-09 02:31 PM | Reply

They will probably have ATV tours for Geiger counter aficionados.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-09 02:34 PM | Reply

It's as if they don't care about this planet, or any of it's inhabitants, but to LIE about the incentive takes a ball-less POS like Ryan Zinke. Can this be considered misrepresentation and challenged? Plainly, Republicans are eco-terrorists.

Oh, and the company Energy Fuels Resources did not just weigh in on national monuments through public-comment letters. It hired a team of lobbyists at Faegre Baker Daniels -- led by Andrew Wheeler, who is awaiting Senate confirmation as the Environmental Protection Agency's deputy secretary -- to work on the matter and other federal policies affecting the company. It paid the firm $30,000 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, according to federal lobbying records, for work on this and other priorities. Energy Fuels Resources (USA) attempting to rip the monument apart is Canadian. Our friends.

Again, lobbying should be eliminated, those groups hunted out of existence. Scum make $30,000 to destroy a millions of years old archeological treasure trove. Not even the local tribes rights got any consideration. Where is justice?!

#5 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2017-12-09 03:57 PM | Reply

Radioactive ore mining in this formerly protected area is tragic.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner

Where do you think that radiation is now? Flying around in outer space?

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-09 05:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Again, lobbying should be eliminated, those groups hunted out of existence.

Of course, we don't want anyone telling Congress what they do or do not want from government.

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-09 05:16 PM | Reply

I'm against the roll back of any national parks , widerness preserves or national monuments.

But I have to say that $30,000 for 9 months of lobbying sounds like a screaming deal to me.

#8 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-12-09 05:27 PM | Reply

The documents show that Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm...

Hmmm... is this part of the infamous Uranium One deal?

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-09 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Again, lobbying should be eliminated, those groups hunted out of existence."
Of course, we don't want anyone telling Congress what they do or do not want from government.
#7 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-09 05:16 PM

You ---- know what kind of alphabet street moneys I'm referring to.

NOT "the kiddies".

Is that all you can do? You really don't give a crap about protecting our legacy as a species? How do you see the influence of such destructive magnitude as anything less than criminal?

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2017-12-09 08:01 PM | Reply

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... A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area's uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, ...

And this is a surprise... Why?

The cable and wireless companies (a.k.a., ISPs) just lobbied the FCC to have a consumer-antagonistic ruling passed.

The "populist" Trump administration is giving the Country to the corporate interests, while the supporters of Pres Trump cheer him on.

The corporate world and Wall Street have taken over the White House, and Pres Trump proudly puts his signature on whatever they put in front of him.

Expect more of this as the next three years unfold.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-09 08:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You ---- know what kind of alphabet street moneys I'm referring to.
#10 | Posted by redlightrobot

Yes, it's painfully obvious. Anyone that you disagree with telling Congress what they want or don't want from government should be hunted out of existence. As long as it's "the kiddies" telling Congress what they want or don't want, you're fine with it. That makes you an authoritarian POS but, hey, whatever floats your boat.

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-09 08:47 PM | Reply

And this is a surprise... Why?
#11 | Posted by LampLighter

Exactly, why is this a surprise? Monied interests have had a disproportionate influence over government pretty much since the invention of government.

But now that a Buffoon got elected the sky is falling.

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-09 08:57 PM | Reply

Where do you think that radiation is now? Flying around in outer space?

#6 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Safely contained in the Earth, instead of in the ground water, on the surface or being concentrated by processing that leads to its own toxicity issues.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-10 12:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But now that a Buffoon got elected the sky is falling.

#13 | POSTED BY ET_AL

You're smarter than this.

Surely I don't have to tell you that the concern with a buffoon is that they might or will sign anything and everything placed before them because the folks pulling the strings flatter them enough or sugar coat it enough.

Don't be stupid. Trump's infantile mindset is as dangerous as his egotism.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-10 12:35 AM | Reply

Surely I don't have to tell you that the concern with a buffoon is ...

Surely I don't have to tell you that a takeover of the White House by "the corporate world and Wall Street" is not a surprise because the Buffoon was elected. He's a concern for many reasons but that's among the least, historically speaking.

#16 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-10 01:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I wonder if madbomber will be angry when the mining corps don't allow public access to the land."

The mining corps can't prohibit acessing public lands. Only the government can.

Lots of BLM lands are leased out through grazing rights. The ranchers have the exclusive right to run livestock, but the public is not restricted...although most ranchers will ask you to close the gate behind you when crossing from one tract to another.

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-12-10 12:51 PM | Reply

" That makes you an authoritarian POS but, hey, whatever floats your boat.
#12 | POSTED BY ET_AL"

^
ad hominem

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-10 12:58 PM | Reply

He's a concern for many reasons but that's among the least, historically speaking.

#16 | POSTED BY ET_AL AT 2017-12-10 01:46 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

I'm interested to know what you see as the most important thing.

His abuse of the legal leeway we give the potus?

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-10 01:08 PM | Reply

People in government act like authoritarians because they are the authorities...responsible to act and have the power to force action when things ---- up.

What the ---- do y'all thing the government does? It governs, by elected officials. Libertarians want a government with responsibility but without authority. It's a bunch of stupid, sophist, pointless --------. Of course the governments of the world are authoritarian. Jesus Christ hopping up-and-down on a pogo stick.

#20 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-10 01:11 PM | Reply

Safely contained in the Earth, instead of in the ground water, on the surface or being concentrated by processing that leads to its own toxicity issues.

#14 | Posted by jpw

Most uranium is mined by open pit method. That material is well above the water table. In case you don't know, minerals in the water are material that is leached down into the water table. How can you supposed educated idiots be so naive on so many things. "Water flows downhill and pay day is Friday."

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-10 04:13 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by madscientist

I used the term in this sense:

Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong central power and limited political freedoms. Individual freedoms are subordinate to the state and there is no constitutional accountability under an authoritarian regime.[1] Juan Linz's influential 1964 description of authoritarianism[2] characterized authoritarian political systems by four qualities:

Limited political pluralism, that is such regimes place constraints on political institutions and groups like legislatures, political parties and interest groups;

A basis for legitimacy based on emotion, especially the identification of the regime as a necessary evil to combat "easily recognizable societal problems" such as underdevelopment or insurgency;

Minimal social mobilization most often caused by constraints on the public such as suppression of political opponents and anti-regime activity;

Informally defined executive power with often vague and shifting powers.[3]
en.wikipedia.org

#22 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-10 06:55 PM | Reply

10-4 ☺

#23 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-10 07:08 PM | Reply

How can you supposed educated idiots be so naive on so many things.

LOL you didn't rebut my statement, snippy.

The issue with mining ore is you have to extract it. The extraction process isn't 100% and you end up with waste (tailings) that is contaminated with radioactive material. You also end up with contaminated water from dust suppression, the extraction process ect.

You're a naive fool if you think you're not releasing radioactive material into the environment through that process.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-10 09:37 PM | Reply

Uranium Miner Lobbied to Reduce Bears Ears

Dems need to put companies on notice: When the next democrat is elected president (s)he will reverse Trump's decision putting their investment at risk.

#25 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-12-11 05:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Its funny because the Trump Administration is saying they are reducing the size of the national land to fight against special interests...

And Republicans are stupid enough to believe it.

#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-11 11:00 AM | Reply

But!!! Clinton was in the USA when Uranium One was sold to a Russian company!
#deflectorsonfull

#27 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-11 11:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Water flows downhill and pay day is Friday."

#21 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Water can flow uphill (capillary action and waves on a beach etc) and my pay day is Tuesday.

And if I had dime for every time snippy tried to sound smart but revealed his ignorance instead I would be a wealthy man.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-11 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He thinks tree roots face the sky to catch rain water.

#29 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-11 06:06 PM | Reply

The mining corps can't prohibit acessing public lands. Only the government can.

#17 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2017-12-10 12:51 PM | REPLY

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#30 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-12 12:04 PM | Reply

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