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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.

burrkitty's Opinion
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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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Laura's Opinion
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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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    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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