Though it’s one of the few government programs that still has broad bipartisan support, the park fund was killed this week by one person — Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, who took over this year as chairman of the House’s Natural Resources Committee.
He has said he believes the feds already own enough land. He suggested giving the oil-lease revenues back to the oil companies to be used for worker training. These aren’t taxes — it’s money from rent that big oil pays the public in order to drill on public lands. So now we’re going to refund it to them?
Actually what Congress did, setting a new standard for dysfunction, is allow the wildly successfully, 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire. They killed it quietly, without a vote.
It leaves hundreds of millions of dollars of park and trail acquisitions in limbo around the U.S.
“These are places to hunt, fish, camp, picnic, swim, for boating or driving for pleasure, or perhaps simply for relaxation or solitude,”...
The older I get, the more I hate Republicans. What a travesty.