Trump administration opens millions of acres of California desert to mining



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

This could be great news for jobs in California, revenues for government and the promotion of a real economy, built on production of goods and services instead og government jobs.

“Zinke’s Interior Department said this week it would allow mining on 1.3 million acres, or more than 2,000 square miles, across the California desert, reversing an Obama-era effort to protect those lands. Vast swaths of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments were similarly opened to mining this month, following President Trump’s decision to dramatically reduce the size of those monuments.

In California, the areas that will be open to mining include low desert lands bordering Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County, high desert areas north of Pioneertown in San Bernardino County, lands flanking Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, and huge stretches of eastern Imperial County. Starting March 9, mining companies looking for rare-earth metals, gold, sand and other minerals can stake claim to those areas.”

Interesting concept—provide jibs, tax revenues, create new commodities and even have material to sell overseas!  Will the Al Gore Luddites kill this or hold it up?  Probably.

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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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