'This monument was just plain stupid'
Roger Holland, 52, is
a Kanab town councilman, a part-time rancher and a mining
consultant. He has done geological surveys on the Kaiparowits
Plateau within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Roger Holland: "This
monument was just plain stupid; the president did it to keep people
from voting for Ralph Nader.
"We can have a coal
mine and wilderness. I've been going out to the (Andalex) mine site
regularly since 1988, and I've never seen a backpacker on the
Kaiparowits. Andalex would have provided 2.5 million tons a year
off of 40 acres you couldn't see unless you were actually up there.
But the environmentalists want to control all that
"The Kaiparowits coal is the best we
have left. There's nowhere else Clinton can send Andalex to get a
similar resource. It's like someone taking your Rolls Royce and
saying, "I'm going to give you the pick of the Ford lot."
"America will become a Third World nation if we
don't pull our head out. Corporate America is getting sent abroad
because it's too hard to do business here. I'm going to be one mad
José when my kids get killed at war in the Middle East because
we haven't developed the resources here."