14 US Senators Want Obama to Create Greater Canyonlands

July 31, 2014

(Washington DC)-Fourteen liberal senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday urging him to create a new national monument in southeastern Utah forever protecting redrock mesas, ancient cliff dwellings and a hunting site that’s 12,000 years old. The Salt Lake Tribune story says, A coalition of environmental groups including the Sierra Club and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance helped collect the signatures of senators such as Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “Greater Canyonlands is one of our nation’s most stunning, wild and unique landscapes,” the letter reads. “It should be protected permanently for the benefit and education of future generations.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said it wasn’t surprising that Democratic senators want the monument, but said: “It is discouraging that they want President Obama to abuse that authority on lands in a state they don’t live in or represent in the Senate.”Canyonlands2

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