Congress Has Been Treating Our National Parks and Waters Funding Like a Piggy Bank for Decades

The 55-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund needs to be kept safe from lawmakers who suddenly find themselves strapped for cash.

July 02, 2019

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Olympic National Park, Washington

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Denali National Park, Alaska

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The president’s promise to renegotiate the international climate agreement was always a smogscreen, the oil industry has a red phone at Interior, and will Trump bring food trucks to Old Faithful?

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Plus, national parks are getting hazy (again), and Trump makes a quixotic bid to buy Greenland.

Voices

The Trump administration’s review of national monuments threatens America’s culture and natural beauty.

Rockies Dispatch

Cobalt mining and other interests lay claim to Grand Staircase–Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, rankling local communities tied to these lands.

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Seriously. It’s asking American taxpayers to fund a 60-mile seawall along the refinery-heavy Texas Gulf Coast.

Policy Primer

If we don’t address these increasingly severe threats, America’s most treasured lands might soon be unrecognizable.

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NPS employees know facts matter. They won’t be silenced.

NRDC in Action

NRDC played a key role in banning offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic. Once again, it’s fighting to protect those oceans—and the rest of America’s waters.

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Plus, NOAA’s sick Twitter burn and the EPA’s corporate giveaways (which attorney general nominee William Barr seems cool with).

Explainer

Before a president auctions off U.S. coastlines to oil companies, he has to ask state governors, Congress, local businesses, and you. Here’s how Trump is ignoring that process—and how it’s endangering coastal communities.

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The Interior Department bends the shutdown law to keep oil flowing and silences national park officials, and EPA enforcement just . . . stops.