I cannot believe that Obama is trying to lock up some of the most valuable land in America on the pretense of using it for "National Monuments", and he's skirting congress to do it. Why is he trying to sneak this through? Could it be because these lands contain the most valuable oil and gold in the US, and he can lock them up so no one can have access to them when needed?
Here's an excerpt from Fox News:
Presidential use of the Antiquities Act is highly controversial because the White House, with the stroke of a pen, can lock up thousands of square miles of federal lands used for timber, ranching, mining and energy development without local input or congressional approval. The Act is generally interpreted to commemorate or protect a specific historical landmark, not prohibit development or deprive local communities of jobs and tax revenues.
"Any federal action that could lead to limited access should be done in an open and public manner using extraordinary caution," said Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., upon seeing the leaked report. "The fact that this administration is already circulating internal memos to bypass Congress and the public process is troubling."