They paved paradise -Bob Dylan (Big Yellow Taxi) // This summer I had the opportunity to explore Bears Ears NP near the northern Arizona border. On Monday a provision was passed shrinking the national monument by millions of acres.
An economist would argue that this decision is a proactive approach to providing job opportunities to Southern Utah (oil drilling, coal mining) in one of the poorest county’s in the state.
A conservationist would argue that this would destroy the eco system and wild life habitat, ultimately contributing to more pollution in the U.S., and removing of federal land that once belonged to the Navajo nation.
While this issue is extremely controversial it’s important recognize that our country’s resources are invaluable and with every decision there is always an opportunity cost that can be irreplaceable.
Bears Ears National Monument