Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks after she joined striking Stop & Shop supermarket employees on the picket line on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Somerville, Mass. Unionized workers in three states walked off the job on Thursday over stalled contract negotiations. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
SALT LAKE CITY — Just two days before a campaign stop in Utah, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, promised if she’s elected president, she’ll restore the state’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments.
In a Medium.com post, Warren also pledged that “on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands.”
The senator, scheduled to appear at The Depot in Salt Lake City at a free event open to the public at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, slammed President Donald Trump’s public lands policies in the post made available to the media.
“The Trump Administration is busy selling off our public lands to the oil, gas and coal industries for pennies on the dollar — expanding fossil fuel extraction that destroys pristine sites across the country while pouring an accelerant on our climate crisis,” she said.
Trump traveled to the Utah Capitol in December 2017 to dramatically reduce the size of the national monuments put in place by two of his Democratic predecessors, Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Warren said she “will use my authorities under the Antiquities Act to restore protections to both monuments …read more
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