Welcome to Earth Matters. Nathan Newcomer is your host this week and he attended the recent public meeting regarding the proposed Organ Mountains / Desert Peaks National Monument.
The meeting took place in Las Cruces, NM and the organizers were US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich who were joined by US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a range of stakeholders in a town hall style meeting that included comments from the overflow audience. A clear majority strongly favored the expanded protection of areas surrounding the Organ Mountains while US Representative Steve Pearce and his supporters claimed support for a much smaller monument designation.
Beneath their claims of support for a truncated monument designation was a strong and clear aversion to a potential executive order that would preempt Congressional obstructionists who have refused repeatedly to act on the proposed monument as they have routinely on almost all legislation that challenges a pro-corporate / pro-development agenda.
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Earth Matters / Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument