WND – January 4, 2017
During his eight years in the White House, President Obama has confiscated enough of America’s land and water to cover the state of Texas three times, according to a new report from the Media Research Center’s MRCTV.
In total, the president has placed under federal control more than 553 million acres of U.S. land and water, or about 865,000 square miles. Obama has used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to appropriate large stretches of land and water 29 times. He claimed 260 million acres for federal control in 2016 alone.
“[T]he self-aggrandizing conservationist-in-chief has placed more land and coastal areas under federal control than any other president in history, shutting off millions of miles of land to energy production or human settlement, along with shifting it outside the scope of local and state jurisdictions,” wrote MRCTV’s Brittany Hughes.
The federal land grab continued last week when Obama designated 1.5 million acres for two national monuments, Bears Ears in Utah (1.35 million acres) and Gold Butte in Nevada (300,000 acres).
Some state and federal lawmakers disagreed with Obama’s decision to claim the property for the federal government. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News, “[Bears Ears] was one of the biggest land grabs in the history of the United States, and it was done as this midnight monument in the waning hours of the Obama administration.”