Under President Obama, the rules of fossil fuel development—including on public lands—became more balanced, and the nation took steps to address the monumental challenge of climate change. In the Oval Office for less than a week, President Trump appears to be doing everything he can to put the oil and gas industry back in the driver's seat.
The most anticipated outdoor recreation event of the year just finished in Salt Lake City, Utah, where hundreds of outdoor brands from small business outfitters to industry pioneers like Patagonia and Black Diamond Equipment gathered to witness the cutting-edge in outdoor gear.
President Obama marked his final full week in the White House by expanding the California Coastal and Cascade-Siskiyou national monuments and declaring five new cultural monuments saluting civil rights history, in Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Freedom Riders National Monument and Reconstruction Era National Monument.
President Obama has established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments in Alabama, and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina, using the Antiquities Act, a law that has been used by almost every president to preserve places of cultural, historic or natural importance.
For the second time in his administration, President Obama has expanded the California Coastal National Monument, this time adding thousands of acres onshore and permanently protecting six extraordinary locations.