Protect National Monuments & Parks

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To Whom It May Concern:

One tenth of lands in the United States are protected, while 90 percent is controlled by other entities. While some may argue that oil and gas drilling will bring the most revenue to these areas, a long term perspective is needed to understand the importance of protecting all areas, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. 

First of all, these lands are breathtaking.  Before you make a decision on these lands, we the people urge you to visit them. Take a hike. Breathe in the fresh air. And plug into nature for a moment.  

Secondly, oil and gas production threatens this land and its beauty. The long-term effects are not worth the risk, especially when Bloomberg NEF projects that electric cars will comprise 54 percent of car sales globally by 2040. The demand for oil and gas will wane domestically in the coming decades, especially with the breadth of renewable energy sources available. In fact, Goldman Sachs projects that oil demand could peak as early as 2024, a mere six years and one month away. Renewable energy sources are the future of our energy sector; we do not need to bring any more land into oil and gas production.

Ecotourism is a current trend which local areas could benefit from.  Opportunities for sustainable economic growth in local areas around Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are immense, and can provide long-term benefits to the area. Headwaters Economics has published great information on the effects of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument; the 24 percent job growth from 2001-2015 is impressive and just the beginning. 

Finally, in a country where mental health issues have reached an all-time high, and many cases still go unreported, citizens need access to National Parks and Monuments for their health and well-being. A hike in nature provides a boost of endorphins, which positively impacts depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more.

Please consider our request to maintain these National Parks and Monuments in their entirety.  Land conservation is of intrinsic importance to our future.

The People of the United States of America

 

Headwaters Economics Research:

https://headwaterseconomics.org/wp-content/uploads/Escalante.pdf



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