Trump Seeks To Re-Open Grand Canyon To Mining

EcoWatch reports:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service released a recommendation Wednesday to lift former President Obama’s uranium mining ban in the watershed of the Grand Canyon. The move was made in response to President Trump’s sweeping “energy independence” executive order in March to ease regulatory burdens on energy development.

“This appalling recommendation threatens to destroy one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful regions to give free handouts to the mining industry,” said Allison Melton, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Trump administration’s willingness to sacrifice our natural treasures to polluters knows no bounds. But this reckless, shortsighted proposal won’t be allowed to stand.”

Courthouse News reports:

The Havasupai Tribe, who live within the Grand Canyon, has fought against uranium mining near the national park due to fears its water supply could be contaminated.

“This is a dangerous industry that is motivated by profit and greed with a long history of significantly damaging lands and waters,” Havasupai Tribal Chairman Don E. Watahomigie said in a statement.

“They are now seeking new mines when this industry has yet to clean up the hundreds of existing mines all over the landscape that continue to damage our home. We should learn from the past, not ignore it.”

ThinkProgress reports:

Uranium mining in the four corners region has left a toxic legacy on many Native American communities. Navajo miners developed high rates of lung cancer from unsafe mining practices, and there is still radioactive waste lingering throughout their tribal lands.

The economic implications of lifting the ban don’t work in the favor of the Trump administration either. Existing uranium mines in the area are currently idled, not because of regulations, but because of rock-bottom global uranium prices.

Trump Rule #1: If Obama did it, it must be undone.

  • Michael R

    Is it OK to frack around Mar A Lago ?

    • halfwaythere

      Only on the lands belonging to native tribes there.

    • boatboy_srq

      Requires natural gas, not unnatural gasbags.

      OTOH more drilling for fresh water will increase the sinkhole incidence.

    • Todd Allis
      • Michael R

        <— Bojack Horseman season 4 episode 7 . seen it , love it

    • MT YVR

      Frankly I think they should drill for grease these shits are so oily…

    • OdieDenCO

      strip mine for sand a resource in short supply.

    • Canadian Observer

      Hmmm, I had other ideas about how to use Mar A Lago… for much too long Nevada and New Mexico have had more than their fair share of military testing ranges. I think Florida should get in on the game… how about starting with a Navy firing range… centered on Mar A Lago?

      • MT YVR

        “Radioactive Grandpa! The zombie apocalypse, brought to you by AARP and Trump! Now easily tagged at night! With extra special glow of Patriotism!”

        • Tulle Christensen

          I blame those FAU students!!!!!!

          edit; reply to wrong post should be for Eddi

          damn mouse

          • MT YVR


      • Oh No! There goes our 100 foot Christmas Tree only 5 miles down the road from Mar-a-Lago! We have a really nice Menorah too that could be blown up!

        • Here is our Menorah so you can see how ecumenical we are here in south Palm Beach County. The Satanists even put up a monument in Boca down the road (seriously — I am not joking).

          • Hank

            when I read Canadian Observer’s suggestion, I immediately thought about you, Eddi. I figured I am sufficiently south, that it would not effect me, but I would fear for your well being.
            Nice Menorah, btw.

          • Considering that Mar-a-Lago is raising our tax revenues by a minimum of 32 million this year, and that we had to pay for this friggin wall at Palm Beach airport to keep the tourists away from gaping at Air Force One without causing traffic accidents — people here would not mind Mar-a-Trasho being blown up! This includes the old Palm Beach money for sure! (the wall was approved – on Southern Boulevard. We are supposed to wear Sombreros around Trump events to protest – I am serious).

        • Canadian Observer

          Offering it up as a target might be just a tad premature… I thought the War On Christmas doesn’t officially start until the day after Black Friday?

      • Paula

        Use it to test the smart guided bombs. They can fly those in the front, make a right turn, go down the hall, turn in to Trump’s room, go inside, and explode directly over the bed. Do it when he’s not there, then no Winter White House, Boohoohoo.

      • Art

        We could put the radioactive waste that was supposed to go to Yucca Mountain there!

    • FAEN

      Better yet let’s just frack Mar A Loserville.

    • JCF

      …and open up a GIANT sinkhole!

    • Todd20036

      Only with the Bernie bros’ permission

  • Rebecca Gardner

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. He wants to completely destroy everything about this country.

    • Marides48

      Remember, he’s a moron.

      • MichaelJ

        To loosely quote Oscar Wilde’s observation about businessmen: He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        It’s not the being a moron part that’s the main problem. It’s the being the epitome of evil part.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Only if we let them

    • boatboy_srq

      Ahmurrrrkkka: a great place to be from.


  • AW

    Sure but since the Native Americans aren’t white and this is a white nation, it doesn’t matter how sick they get! As long as the rich white men get richer and there are less brown people all the better!! /s

  • halfwaythere

    Why? Why did I have to choose today to deal with my increasing dependence on alcohol? And since I live in Hawaii (yeah, I know, I know) I have even more daylight hours to resist its siren call in the face of the evil and idiocy of this administration. Oh, where is my fainting couch?

    • Adam King

      Have a couple of stiff ones. You’ll feel better.

      • boatboy_srq

        Drinks, too.

        • Silver Badger

          Alcohol is evil. A couple of still ones and a joint would be better than even one drink.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Virtual alcohol and reefer for me.


          • TuuxKabin

            “it’s true for you, not for me.”

          • Falconlights

            I plan to have some nice bubbly this evening and just veg out watching a nice movie. I really need to take a break from all this insanity.

          • TuuxKabin

            Good for you and go for it!

            Just knocked off a tequila reposado with agave, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice sampler. Now we’re setting up for a marathon of Dominoes. Love the racket they make and we tend to pour heavier and hardier, hic.

            Enjoy the veg out and enjoy that movie. Hope the weekend’s a good one for you.

            OH! Almost forgot. Tonight’s full moon, je, je, The Beaver Moon, is going to be massive!

    • Ernest Endevor

      Just remember, it’s no better after the drink and you’ll feel worse. I type from personal experience.

    • Hank

      Just get out your supply of Maui Wowwie and RELAX!!!

    • clay

      Because there aren’t any better days to do it.

    • jerry
      • Falconlights

        In my family, that would be me,

    • Tulle Christensen
    • Kruhn

      Rugby is my coping mechanism.

      • Dazzer

        Playing, watching or just getting the calendars?

        • Kruhn

          Practicing now. Playing soon.

  • Kevin Andrews

    These kinds of acts from the Wholly Owned and operated AIPAC subsidiary occupying the White House as the results of an illegitimate election, rampant fraud and the Treason of the SCOTUS in Citizens United putting the USA up at auction ot the highest bidder.
    The Fascists are occupying Washington, District of Corruption and the Gallows and Guillotines should be singing and swinging in the public square.
    Wake up Sheeples.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I would hope to fcuking god a minimum of a Million Americans will stand in front of any equipment attempting to exploit a national Treasure.

    • boatboy_srq

      There was a survey recently that found that about half the US did not think any sites outside the US were worth visiting. The proportion was higher among the 60+% that do not have passports. It’s a guess, but the same volk probably think there’s nothing outside Disney, coaster parks and their favorite team’s stadium that’s worth visiting outside their own state.

      I’d bank on indifference on this one. Too many will think the GC is just a big ditch with a stream running through it.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Well that’s down right sad!!

        • boatboy_srq

          Yet sadly predictable. Can you imagine Morans at Montmartre? MAGAts on the Matterhorn? Yeah, me neither.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump: If Hillary had not sold all our uranium to the Russians, we would not need to open the Grand Canyon to miners.
    Once again, I have to step in and solve a problem that’s all Crooked Hillary’s fault! Sad!

  • roadtripboy

    No, NO, NO, FUCK NO!

  • tbj5

    Rule #2: Distract people from Mueller Time

  • PeedeResistance

    Well, since fossil fuels help prevent sexual assault, perhaps uranium mining would do something to improve the Grand Canyon’s notorious visual ugliness.

    • Paula

      Needs more strip malls and fast food outlets.

      • Falconlights

        Isn’t it sad that some people actually think that way? My wife took me to the Grand Canyon this past summer. Only someone who is mentally sick and greedy would ever want mining done there!

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    God, I hate that fucker.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump is absolutely, the most sh1tty president ever.
    What a fn’ disgrace!!

  • Natty Enquirer
  • Nick in Pasadena
  • safari

    Wasn’t there an I Love Lucy episode about this?

  • JT

    Holy fuck! Make ready the guillotine for his final reckoning.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Worked for the French

    • Adam King

      What to do with all the excess heads….

      • Karl Dubhe

        Use them as ornaments in a wall around the White House, perhaps?

        • Tulle Christensen

          on polls along Pennsylvania Ave?

          • Karl Dubhe

            Pikes would work better. 🙂

            Let’s be traditional. After all, Trump and his cronies like the way the Europeans used to do things, don’t they?

      • Tulle Christensen

        It is always good to get ahead in life

      • clay

        … they were worried about losing historical monuments ….

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        Make head cheese, then shoot it into the sun!

  • BeaverTales

    Its a good thing that Obama wasn’t the first one to outlaw murder and stealing, otherwise 45 would have to undo that too.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    The concerns of a Native American tribe would be just about the very last thing to worry a Republican about this.

  • andrew

    Trump and most conservative Republicans are shining examples of the pure greed that motivates those who favor unregulated capitalism.

  • Lazycrockett

    Well may as well the way the government keeps jacking up the price to go into our National Parks.

    • BobSF_94117

      If only the rich can afford to see the damage, no one will care.

      • Menergy

        Or those of us not rich retirees with the $10 permanent National Parks Service Golden Eagle passport card which allows free entry ( including a carload of sightseers we may have in our car) into national parks and monuments for life. Best and cheapest deal the federal government ever offered . I know the price for the card is now probably going to be fifty dollars in the future, but still nlimited use to get in any and all Park Service attractions ( at this point anyway).

        • Falconlights

          I think it went up to $80.00. I got mine this past summer before the price went up. I think it’s a good deal, too.

  • Friday’s_cat

    The Great White Dope wants to make American look like New Jersey.

    • Tulle Christensen

      The Garden State?

      • Friday’s_cat

        You spelled garbage wrong

        • Tulle Christensen

          lol, and I have driven from DC to New York so I always found New Jersey’s nickname ironic

  • JWC

    get rid of this asshole NOW

  • JT

    To counter the incessant ugliness of Drumpf, here is Henry Cavill as a gorgeous public schoolboy in the Inspector Lynley Mysteries when he was a mere lad of 19 or thereabouts (circa 2002). I would love to have had him as my head boy.

  • Ninja0980

    Someone ask the Green Party if they still think Hillary would have been just as bad.

    • Dazzer

      The craziest thing is that they’ll go to their deathbeds claiming that she would have been bad.

      Sometimes, I think American Greens only call themselves that because it the colour of the mold that’s infested their brains.

  • Tom Mears

    This is what gets left over from uranium mining. That is the cleanup for the waste pile from the uranium mining activities that were done in the Moab, UT area. This is just one of 20-some defunct operations. The DOE started cleaning up this site 12 years ago, the end is NOT in sight. That river in the background is the Colorado.

    Uranium mining in the US is a money looser. No current or past operation has avoided bankruptcy at least once in its history. None of these fuggers manage to stay in business long enough to even think about cleanups. The DOE (US taxpayers) gets stuck with the bill on EVERY single one.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Can’t we just buy Uranium from Russia?

    • BobSF_94117

      You’re ignoring the most obvious issue: how much money was made by GOP supporters and the party itself.

  • another_steve

    Been another day of relentless horror stories here on JMG. My husband (who doesn’t do blogs) has had to remove the razor blade from my grip several times today.

    Perhaps pictures of semi-naked men now?

  • FAEN

    Wonder what he’s going to do with Lady Liberty since apparently all bets are off.

    • Lazycrockett

      “Melt Her Down”

      • FAEN

        Well he’s trying to shred the Constitution so I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually said that. “She’s too green-I like white Lady Liberty so lets melt her down and make the French pay for another one.”

      • OdieDenCO

        think of all the pennies that can be minted

    • canoebum

      He’s going to have her re-hammered into a statue of himself and put back on the pedestal.

      • FAEN

        Jeebus I could see him wanting to do that.

  • ByronK

    Can Rick get a huge light bulb for the canyon ’cause Trump is trying to fuck it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Gerry Fisher

    With Trump, it often seems as if he goes as outrageously far as he can, daring people to stop him. And it’s amazing how few have stopped him. (I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: If he retired a few years ago or simply skipped the campaigning and went right to “right wing media mogul,” he probably would have gotten away with all of his criminal activity. But he just *had* to go for the presidency.)

    • Daveed_WOW

      Are you feeling played?

  • witch

    Next he will sell the copper from the Statue of Liberty

    • kanehau

      Just think about how many pennies we could mint.

      They would be special pennies… Trump pennies.

    • Snarkaholic

      If he does, countless people will rip him apart with their bare hands.

  • coram nobis

    And there was a controversy about “Uranium One”?

  • The Sentinel


  • Lazycrockett

    So Chuck Todd jsut went on a rant bout Russia dividing our country and then after commercial break goes into the Donnie Brazile non sense.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Stop watching TV

  • Daveed_WOW

    We are being played

    • pj

      we are being punished for electing obama. trump is all about getting even.

  • TexasBoy

    Next up: Trup sign executive order allowing 500 new offshore oil platforms along the West Coast, says renewable resources and solar energy are un-American. 33% of America agrees.

    • The_Wretched

      We used to know ourselves for being technological innovators – which country set off the moon race?

  • zherazhera

    You’d think that a man who has worked with real estate and hotels his whole life would understand the importance of keeping this area as untouched as possible. But no.

    And why isn’t solar energy an important part of this “energy independence”?

    • Tread

      He never did any of the heavy lifting. He was just an ideas man. Bad ones, at that, by the number of shuttered properties and bankruptcies he has under his belt.

      • houstonray

        And next up to be shuttered and bankrupt: The United States of America. RIP.

  • ohbear1957

    O/T and a day late, but I needed a break from the shit tsunami.

  • Jack Angelo Giacalone

    God help us, anybody’s God.

    • kanehau

      Too busy picking who’s going to win the NFL, or whatever.

  • JCF
  • -M-

    Like there’s nowhere else to mine in this country besides a national park.

  • Girlgoon

    Well this story ought to distract from the Russian investigation

  • KnownDonorDad

    We have become a Simpsons episode.

  • pj

    nothing is sacred. pig.

  • Charles Nelson

    When will the Bureau of Reclamation start to build that dam on the downstream side of the Grand Canyon? The surveying and plans were completed decades ago. Besides Mar-A-Lago isn’t in the Canyon…so who cares.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    This bastard is just determined to shit all over this country. I can’t even articulate my contempt for this waste of flesh and bone.

  • houstonray

    Just when I feel I have a loss of words and then start to get them back, I read shit like this and lose them all over again. But I’ll try.


  • MassageBear
  • Michael

    There is a monster in the White House.

  • Henry Auvil

    And by raising the entry fee to the National Park to $70 per car, so few will be there to witness it.

    • kareemachan

      Now there used to be a pass for seniors to get you into all parks and such for free. Did drumpster yank that?

      • Falconlights

        Good question, because I got one this past July. I figured it was a good deal because if my wife is with me, she can visit for free.

  • fuzzybits

    Fuck you,you fucking public menace!!!!!!!

  • Friday

    Drumph needed to do some more evil today, to distract from the process of him getting busted.

    • kareemachan

      Yup. I bet he has a flunky whose only job is to find a new and outrageously horrible thing to do to distract us from his crimes.

  • Paula

    A Native American insurgency against companies mining Uranium in the Grand Canyon would make a good reality TV show. I would donate to that.

  • DaveMiller135

    NOOOOOOOOOOO! Nooooooo! Noooooo! Noooo! Nooo! No!

  • mjsatty