(Center for American Progress) -- Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the largest revocation of protected areas in U.S. history. The two proclamations he signed removed protections of more than 2 million acres by eliminating both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and replacing them with five much smaller national monuments. His illegal action could result in the destruction of Native American archaeological sites, widespread loss of wildlife habitat, and economic harm to local businesses.
In his remarks at the Utah State Capitol, Trump repeated many fallacies about public lands that deserve a fact check. These are the top six quotes where Trump was just plain wrong:
1. “Public lands will once again be for public use.”
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In actuality, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments are already American-owned public lands intended for public use. These monuments are not owned by any single community but rather shared across the entire nation and protected on behalf of current and future generations.