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senate Bill S. 3172

Should Revenue From Energy Developed on Other Public Lands be Used to Address the National Park Service’s Maintenance Backlog?

Argument in favor

The National Park Service is responsible for maintaining many of America’s most treasured public lands, and it faces a substantial backlog of deferred maintenance that undercuts the public’s ability to enjoy our national parks. Using funds from taxes derived through energy development on federal lands to fund that vital maintenance strikes a worthwhile balance.

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08/09/2018
As long as there is no NEW development of fossil fuels and they remove the arbitrary cap and give them the full 50% of the money. When they run out of maintenance and improvements to do, are fully staffed with living wages, have plenty of educational experiences to offer, and essentially using the parks is nearly free with no outrageous fees for the public, then AND ONLY THEN, let us know and we can talk about what to do with any extra money. Infrastructure being my first choice.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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08/09/2018
Only IF NO MORE NATIONAL LANDS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR DEVELOPMENT. Our National Lands & Parks are part of why our country is special. THEY MUST BE PRESERVED. Allowing oil, gas or any other exploration on any part of them ruins them.
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08/09/2018
The top argument against is that the bill is sponsored by a republican. Y’all literally don’t even care what’s best for the country anymore, if that’s not blind following of the leftist narrative then I have no idea what is. Do better kids.
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Argument opposed

The NPS has already increased entry fees at 117 parks in order to raise funds for park maintenance, and while it’s not as much as this bill would raise it’s still $60 million annually which should cover the NPS’ most urgent maintenance needs. Energy development on federal lands & waters should be discouraged.

Aiden's Opinion
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08/09/2018
No new drilling, mining or fracking on public lands. Getting money to fix the environment by destroying the environment seems friggin bananas.
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Ronda 's Opinion
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08/09/2018
Here’s an idea, why don’t we take care of our parks WITHOUT ruining them.
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08/09/2018
I’m torn! This bill is sponsored by a republican and nothing good can come from legislation that is produced from republicans since they only care about the almighty dollar.
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What is Senate Bill S. 3172?

This bill — known as the Restore Our Parks Act — would establish and fund a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to address the National Park Service’s (NPS) nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog. This fund would draw on existing energy development revenues paid to the federal government from oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy development on federal land and water, taking 50% of those revenues up to $1.3 billion in any fiscal year.

NPS maintenance projects these funds could be used for include:

  • Repair and maintenance of historic structure, facilities, and other historic assets,

  • Park facilities to ensure visitor access, disability access, health and safety, and recreation options,

  • Maintenance and repair of visitor facilities, water and utility systems, and NPS employee housing, and

  • Road, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation-related projects on and leading to NPS lands

Money from the Fund couldn’t be used for land acquisition or to supplant annual discretionary funding made available for annual NPS operations.

This bill would also allow public cash or in-kind donations to the Fund, which may be used to reduce the NPS maintenance backlog or to encourage relevant public-private partnerships.

Impact

Visitors to public parks; National Park Service; energy development revenues; Dept. of the Interior; and the Treasury Dept.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3172

A CBO cost estimate for this bill is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced this bill to address the National Park Service’s nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog:

“For more than a century, the National Park Service has been inspiring Americans to explore the natural beauty of our country. But in order to keep that work going, we need to ensure that they have the right resources to maintain our national parks.”

At the time of this bill’s introduction, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke expressed his support:

“Since my confirmation hearing, I’ve been adamant that we must address the nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog in our National Parks. I’m happy to see Senators Portman, Warner, King and Alexander teamed up to craft a very strong and historic bill to rebuild our national parks. Park infrastructure is about access for all Americans. In order for families, children, elderly grandparents, or persons with disabilities to enjoy the parks, we need to rebuild basic infrastructure like roads, trails, lodges, restrooms and visitors centers. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is an American issue, and I think that the bipartisan body of lawmakers who put this bill forward is proof. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Administration and Congress to see this come to fruition.”

The National Parks Conservation AssociationThe Pew Charitable TrustsOutdoor Industry AssociationU.S. Travel AssociationEvangelical Environmental NetworkProperty and Environment Research Center support this bill. Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association, said:

“National parks bring people together and help bridge political party lines.... [this bill] will put a significant investment into the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog needs. We commend the leadership of these park champions for their bill that makes a strong investment in our parks that they desperately need and deserve. America’s national parks include our most treasured landscapes and historic and cultural sites that must be protected and maintained so that future generations have the opportunity to learn about the people and places that have shaped our nation’s legacy.”

There are 20 cosponsors of this bill, including 11 Republicans, eight Democrats, and one Independent.


Of NoteU.S. national parks are a significant draw for both domestic and international tourists. In 2016, over a third of the 37.6 million overseas visitors who traveled to the U.S. visited a national park or monument. Thus, as the U.S. seeks to grow its share of the international travel market, national park maintenance is an important investment.

In 2017, visitors spent $18 billion in gateway communities (towns and cities that are buoyed by close proximity to the national parks). According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, this spending supported 306,000 jobs and generated nearly $35 billion in national economic output.

If the nearly $12 billion in maintenance and repairs needed at 417 parks nationwide were addressed, it’s estimated that 110,000 more jobs could be created or supported.

The idea of using revenue from energy production on federal lands for conservation is an old idea, going back to the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1964.

In fiscal year 2017, Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursements from energy and minerals products on federal and Native American Indian lands and offshore areas totaled $7.11 billion.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStock / Dendron)

AKA

Restore Our Parks Act

Official Title

A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


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      senate Committees
      National Parks Subcommittee
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2018
    As long as there is no NEW development of fossil fuels and they remove the arbitrary cap and give them the full 50% of the money. When they run out of maintenance and improvements to do, are fully staffed with living wages, have plenty of educational experiences to offer, and essentially using the parks is nearly free with no outrageous fees for the public, then AND ONLY THEN, let us know and we can talk about what to do with any extra money. Infrastructure being my first choice.
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    No new drilling, mining or fracking on public lands. Getting money to fix the environment by destroying the environment seems friggin bananas.
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    Only IF NO MORE NATIONAL LANDS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR DEVELOPMENT. Our National Lands & Parks are part of why our country is special. THEY MUST BE PRESERVED. Allowing oil, gas or any other exploration on any part of them ruins them.
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    Here’s an idea, why don’t we take care of our parks WITHOUT ruining them.
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    The top argument against is that the bill is sponsored by a republican. Y’all literally don’t even care what’s best for the country anymore, if that’s not blind following of the leftist narrative then I have no idea what is. Do better kids.
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    I’m torn! This bill is sponsored by a republican and nothing good can come from legislation that is produced from republicans since they only care about the almighty dollar.
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    I'm inclined to support this bill. Seems logical that revenue earned from/off public parklands should support our National Parks. I will not support this revenue bring used in building resorts. National Park revenue stays in the Park system. Those greedy congressmen are always looking for revenue. Those in California know of the many road/highway bonds that were passed, but roads were never repaired or we saw the money moved to the ”train-to-nowhere” fund.”
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    This is a sneakily worded bill that would allow for harmful oil drilling, dams, etc. on protected public lands. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
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    Money made from energy created on federal lands should be used to help fund maintenance for public federally funded public parks. This will help take a burden off the taxpayers and by keeping up with up keep more visitors can make it to the parks.
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    There should be no drilling, mining, or fracking on public lands. Getting money to fix the environment by destroying the environment is blatantly defeating its own purpose.
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    The National Park Service is responsible for maintaining many of America’s most treasured public lands, and it faces a substantial backlog of deferred maintenance that undercuts the public’s ability to enjoy our national parks. Using funds from taxes derived through energy development on federal lands to fund that vital maintenance strikes a worthwhile balance. 8*9*18 ..... SneakyPete
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    No new drilling! No downsizing of more public lands!
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    Like “right to work” it sounds good, but I don’t trust this administration not to sugar coat a bill to begin the dismantling of the NPS with something sold to the public as a help for the parks.
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    Leave those lands alone.
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    We should not be drilling on public lands at all. Do we really want to continue with fossil fuels - I say no. We are no longer the nation that leads the way.
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    Our park system is a tremendous resource and should be easily maintained by using 50% of the funds received by any business that operates in the park, whether its a gas and oil drilling company, souvenir stand, or lodging facility. This is how free market capitalism entrepreneurial ideas can make the parks self sufficient.
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    The costs of maintenance of the parks should either be picked up by general appropriations or by fees charged for use of park lands including the fees charged farmers and ranchers. The profits from sale of resources should be distributed to all Americans equally since we all own public lands equally. It is a travesty that such a system does not exist in the US already.
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    This seems like a smart way to use these funds.
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    Yes, but no new development of fossil fuels should happen on public lands.
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    A better solution by far would be to cut the ludicrously bloated military budget sufficiently to fully-fund other agencies.
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