President Trump revoked another Obama-era rule Monday that would have had devastating effects on the West — the BLM Planning 2.0 regulation.
The regs would have given the federal government back in Washington too much power over western land decisions, and kicked state and local interests to the sidelines.
The late-night rule passed just before Obama left the White House, and would have hurt grazing, and energy development and limited recreational opportunities on federal lands.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner opposed the regulations and voted to get rid of them, while U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet voted to preserve the rules, him being a big fan of Washington and all.
Numerous local officials on the Western Slope also supported overturning the regulations, the Daily Sentinel reported.
“The final BLM Planning 2.0 rule diminished the role that state and local governments, whose communities are most directly impacted, have historically played in the land management planning process. Important land management decisions should be made by the people who know the land best — not unelected Washington bureaucrats,” Tipton said.
This is an important victory for the West, one of several Trump has handed us since taking office and we thank him for it.
We may have a New Yorker in the White House, but he has done more in his first few months of office than Obama ever did in the last eight years to look after western interests.