Earth Day is this Thursday, April 22.
Many national parks are suffocating with high pollution levels, including the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon in California and many more. Budget cuts have stressed the National Park System’s resources to the breaking point. The environmentally hostile Bush administration is destroying our national resources at a record rate in the name of “future energy needs”.
The Bush administration overturned snowmobile ban in National Parks (National Resources Defense Council [NRDC])
An energy bill was passed allowing oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge.
Bush administration is selling 155 acres of Bureau of Land Management property near Crested Butte for $875 to Phelps Dodge Corp., a multinational mining company. Last year, Interior Secretary Gale Norton removed interim protection on 60,000 acres of potential wilderness on BLM land in Colorado, opening it to oil and gas exploration. (Denver Post)
Mining on public lands is legislated by an antiquated 1872 law. The Clinton administration did try to make mining practices on public lands more environmentally responsible, by adopting new rules (separate from the mining law) with significant protections for public lands. But in October 2001, the Bush administration undid most of this progress. Ignoring the careful public review process that had gone into the new rules, it abolished the authority of land managers to deny irresponsible mine proposals and weakened or eliminated all of the environmental performance standards. --NRDC
Some questions to consider:Should decisions be made solely to gain energy resources, or to protect our lands as a legacy for future generations?
Can we supply the country’s growing energy needs while still maintaining the integrity of our National Parks and Forests?
Is it important to you that our National Parks are saved for future generations?