House GOP Submit Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Rider To Transportation Bill

The House of Representatives is considering a behemoth surface transportation bill this week, designed to fund the roads, highways, and bridges that  connect our country.  It has nothing to do with the public lands that  belong to all of us, but that didn’t stop three Republicans from Arizona  from filing an amendment to the bill that would override Interior  Secretary Ken Salazar’s January decision to  protect 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining requests.
Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) penned the amendment:

SEC. __ . TERMINATION OF PUBLIC LAND ORDER 7787.
Public Land Order 7787 (77 Fed. Reg. 2563) and the withdrawal of lands by that Public Land Order shall have no force or effect,  and the provisions of the land use plans applicable to such lands  immediately before the issuance of such Public Land Order shall remain  in effect.

If this sounds familiar, it is because this trio of lawmakers has  tried three times in the last two years to undo new protections for one  of our nation’s great places.  Here is a list of their other attempts to  do the National Mining Association’s bidding:

– They added roll back language in the text of last year’s budget bill (which did not pass) where it was dubbed “the Flake earmark for the mining industry.”
– In October, Franks introduced the Northern Arizona Mining Continuity Act of 2011, an attempt to halt the mineral withdrawal.
– Franks introduced legislation in the last Congress to stop the mineral withdrawal.
…
Franks recently stated to E&E News that “anything that we can do to promote the legislation we will.”


Just what we need most, to destroy a public treasure for all of us, for the wealth of a few.
Can we please just get on with at least attempting to develop some alternative energy sources.

House GOP Submit Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Rider To Transportation Bill

The House of Representatives is considering a behemoth surface transportation bill this week, designed to fund the roads, highways, and bridges that connect our country.  It has nothing to do with the public lands that belong to all of us, but that didn’t stop three Republicans from Arizona from filing an amendment to the bill that would override Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s January decision to protect 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining requests.

Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) penned the amendment:

SEC. __ . TERMINATION OF PUBLIC LAND ORDER 7787.

Public Land Order 7787 (77 Fed. Reg. 2563) and the withdrawal of lands by that Public Land Order shall have no force or effect, and the provisions of the land use plans applicable to such lands immediately before the issuance of such Public Land Order shall remain in effect.

If this sounds familiar, it is because this trio of lawmakers has tried three times in the last two years to undo new protections for one of our nation’s great places.  Here is a list of their other attempts to do the National Mining Association’s bidding:

– They added roll back language in the text of last year’s budget bill (which did not pass) where it was dubbed “the Flake earmark for the mining industry.”

– In October, Franks introduced the Northern Arizona Mining Continuity Act of 2011, an attempt to halt the mineral withdrawal.

– Franks introduced legislation in the last Congress to stop the mineral withdrawal.

Franks recently stated to E&E News that “anything that we can do to promote the legislation we will.”

Just what we need most, to destroy a public treasure for all of us, for the wealth of a few.

Can we please just get on with at least attempting to develop some alternative energy sources.

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    Another day, another chance for Republicans to do something against the public good.
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    Unbelievable. Compromise on extending tax cuts for the majority of Americans but attempt to destroy public instead. I...
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    Another day, another chance for Republicans to do something against the public good.
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