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How do we pay for our National Parks? In part, through offshore oil.
When President Obama withdrew hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling in December 2016, he put a dagger into the heart of the National Park system.
You didn’t hear that back then did you?
Let’s go through the details.
National - Park - Service - NPS - Budget
The National Park Service (NPS) budget consists of a discretionary part and mandatory part. In 2017, the discretionary part is $2.8B and the mandatory part is $0.6 for a total of $3.4B.
The fund currently receives $900 million per year. Like most well intended programs, about 1/2 the money is siphoned off for other purposes by Congress. Swell.
NPS - Budget - NWS - Funding - Mandatory
It should be obvious that funding for the NPS is broken. The requested 2018 budget for the NWS is $2.6B in discretionary funding and in $0.7 in mandatory. This 10% reduction is, of course, cruel, mean, and nasty. My take is that they’re lucky to be getting that much — they are simply spending way too much money!...
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