Thursday, October 1, 2015

US Rep. Bishop wants to kill the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

I want to share the following which appeared at and is information that more rational minded people, citizens, need to know about.  I mean it's getting depressing watching how this radical right Republican crowd really does want to remake American to whatever it is their "God" is telling them.  When do We The Rational People start standing up to oppose such short sighted counter-productive cut back?


Utah Congressman Bishop Vows To Kill America’s Top Parks Program

 SEP 29, 2015 11:06AM
Barely 24 hours after Pope Francis appealed to U.S. lawmakers to help protect “our common home,” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced that he intends this week to kill the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is known as America’s best parks program. The move — which is expected to succeed — places dozens of U.S. national parks at heightened risk of commercial development, including Grand Teton National Park and Gettysburg National Military Park. 
The LWCF is a budget-neutral program that uses fees from offshore oil and gas development to fund national, state, and local conservation projects. Although the program enjoys widespread bipartisan support, it is scheduled to expire on Wednesday, September 30. 
In a press release Friday, Bishop, who serves as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, promised to block all attempts to save the program unless significant changes are made to its structure to prevent the federal government from protecting additional land. “Under my chairmanship, the status quo will be challenged,” said Bishop in the release.