Outraged over President Trump’s announcement in April that he plans to roll back President Obama’s confiscation of millions of acres of state lands by designating them “national monuments,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said that she intends to pledge her clothing company to the “resistance” of President Donald Trump.
When he announced his plans, Trump said, “The previous administration used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control — have you heard about that? — eliminating the ability of the people who actually live in those states to decide how best to use that land.”
Trump then issued an executive order requiring Secretary Ray Zinke of the Department of the Interior to review Obama’s policies on national monuments, calling his actions an “egregious abuse of federal power.”
Indeed, state officials were incensed after Obama literally took millions of acres of land out of state control to create new national monuments and parks.
Marcario agrees with the former president’s federal land grab and intends to do whatever she can to stop Trump from giving the land back to the states. “We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land,” Marcario told reporters in May, adding, “I don’t have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now.”
In Marcario’s effort to stop American citizens from retaking possession of their state lands, she is considering filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration. “A president does not have the authority to rescind a national monument,” Marcario said in an April 26 statement. “An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input.”
Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is the first tract of land up for review. Back when Obama took it, a survey of Utah residents revealed that 60 percent were opposed to the president’s land grab. Only 33 percent were in support of it.
Marcario added that her California-based company’s profits will now be used to back pro-environmental candidates in states throughout the West.
Last year, she spent more than $1 million on a get-out-the-vote campaign to defeat Donald Trump and Republicans.
Her seemingly altruistic activism is however eclipsed by the fact that Patagonia’s supply chain has been tied to human trafficking and child labor.
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