President Barack Obama recently announced that he designated 1.35 million acres of land in Utah — a region larger than the state of Delaware — as a national monument to protect its native lands and preserve its environmental resources.
Efforts to preserve the Bears Ears National Monument — a "red-rock country rich with archaeological sites, centuries-old cultural ties and a uniqueness that had inspired Americans' love of Western vistas" — had been ongoing for generations, wrote the Salt Lake Tribune.
Obama's decision also includes a 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument outside Las Vegas, an area that features fossils, rock art, and other artifacts, FOX News reported.
"Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes," POTUS wrote in a statement released last Wednesday.
The move seals Obama's hard-fought legacy as a champion for the environment. It's just one of the many recent eleventh-hour decisions he's made as the clock ticks on his second presidential term — and just one of countless reasons why we're dreading his departure.
On December 19, for instance, Obama granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations — "a single-day record for the use of presidential clemency power," wrote USA Today.
With that latest decision, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 federal prison inmates — most of whom were handed harsh, mandatory-minimum sentences for drug offenses.
Just last week, Obama announced — in an unprecedented decision — that he would be implementing sanctions on Russia and ordering its diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
We don't even want to think about how different America will be after January 20.