With their actions, they make certain that 'imported energy' is all that's available.
Westerners aren't the only ones upset about secretive talks by the Obama administration to create new national monuments. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is, too, and it seeks to require congressional approval of any future monuments.
The chamber, the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses, wrote this week to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to express concern about leaked documents showing the administration has considered up to 14 new monuments in the West, including two in Utah in the San Rafael Swell and at Cedar Mesa.
The most egregious example of this crap, Staircase-Escalante, was done by the Clinton Administration, in a payoff to Red Chinese interests--after they had financed his early Presidential campaign.
The Chamber's position:"...pristine areas can still be protected "while ensuring that issues like domestic energy production, pipelines and transmission corridors, job creation, and public access to federal lands are fully considered."