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house Bill H.R. 1225

Should Revenue From Energy Development on Federal Land Be Used to Address the Maintenance Backlog at National Parks and Other Public Lands?

Argument in favor

Between them, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) manage many of America’s most important public lands. Using energy tax revenue to fund much-needed restoration and maintenance projects on the lands these agencies manage will benefit many Americans.

Leslie's Opinion
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10/27/2019
Any profit created by using a public land should go toward the maintenance and improvement of public lands
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John's Opinion
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10/27/2019
Sounds like a good way to pay for fixing the parks
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Sneaky-Pete's Opinion
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10/27/2019
🤔 GIVE ME A “GOOD repeat GOOD” RESSON WHY NOT 🤔 Between them, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) manage many of America’s most important public lands. Using energy tax revenue to fund much-needed restoration and maintenance projects on the lands these agencies manage will benefit many Americans. Sneaky Pete. 🤔🤔🤷🏼‍♂️🤔🤔. 10.27.10
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Argument opposed

Using tax revenue from energy developed on other federal lands to fund maintenance at national parks and federally-held public lands frequented by the public would make it harder for the U.S. to stop using fossil fuels. Instead, Congress should spend more money on public land maintenance and relevant agencies should raise their fees for consumers.

jimK's Opinion
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10/27/2019
No, energy development on public lands needs to stop and not be ‘justified’. We will have to comment to a zero carbon footprint if we hope to convince the rest of the world to commit to this as well. Whatever influence we have left will be required to get the rest of the world committed reducing green house gas emissions; It would be much harder to do this if our country doesn’t walk-the-talk. There will be no need to develop additional fossil fuel resources in the future. There should be adequate oil and gas reserves to support textile, pharmaceutical and construction material industries once we ween our society off of fossil fuels. There is no reason to further rape cherished public lands.
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Larry's Opinion
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10/27/2019
There should be NO revenue for corporations from public land!
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larubia's Opinion
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10/27/2019
I don’t understand why dirty fossil fuels are able to be mined from our public lands? I would support only revenue from clean renewable energy sources that do not impact endangered species nor further impede on our American Wild Horses!!! Yes, National Parks need more funding. How about we support them, first by protecting them???
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      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019
    Any profit created by using a public land should go toward the maintenance and improvement of public lands
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    No, energy development on public lands needs to stop and not be ‘justified’. We will have to comment to a zero carbon footprint if we hope to convince the rest of the world to commit to this as well. Whatever influence we have left will be required to get the rest of the world committed reducing green house gas emissions; It would be much harder to do this if our country doesn’t walk-the-talk. There will be no need to develop additional fossil fuel resources in the future. There should be adequate oil and gas reserves to support textile, pharmaceutical and construction material industries once we ween our society off of fossil fuels. There is no reason to further rape cherished public lands.
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    There should be NO revenue for corporations from public land!
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    I don’t understand why dirty fossil fuels are able to be mined from our public lands? I would support only revenue from clean renewable energy sources that do not impact endangered species nor further impede on our American Wild Horses!!! Yes, National Parks need more funding. How about we support them, first by protecting them???
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    There shouldn’t be energy development going on in our public lands, and if they are then the energy development revenue should go back 100% to those places. I am 100% against the corporate rape of our public land for private profit!!!
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    While I can't imagine there's any better use of that fossil fuel income than to support and maintain our preserved lands and monuments, I worry that it will just give those who want to strip more resources and slash spending on the National Park Service and other agencies with the excuse of "they have a dedicated source of income". Additionally, we cannot keep giving reasons to add more mining and resource stripping to these lands which should be conserved and protected. Fund these lands, Congress, and don't do it with fossil fuels.
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    No fracking, drilling, mining, or any other extraction of ore, precious metals or anything else in our PUBLIC national parks. We all ready pay taxes and entrance fees to upkeep the parks. The government needs to give that money back for the job for which it was intended.
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    I do support the preservation of public land, but it would mean pluses for corporations attempting to strip these lands of their natural resources, because the have the excuse to say that money is going to fix these lands anyway. We should spend more on decarbonization and renewable energy.
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    But like all the other plans where the federal government is in charge if saving money for one reason- it will become a fund for other purposes. One that comes to mind is social security-moneys collected through payroll deductions were to be put in a special account and only used before SS payments, but are being used for other purposes. So the fund is broke.
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    No energy development on ANY FEDERAL LANDS, you oil and mining pigs!
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    I would love to support this and would if you would guarantee me no other park would be exploited for its natural resources.
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    How about not using federal land for the benefit of the few. I think energy producers are doing very well and don’t see the need for the feds to fatten up their bottom line.
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    Sounds like a good way to pay for fixing the parks
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    🤔 GIVE ME A “GOOD repeat GOOD” RESSON WHY NOT 🤔 Between them, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) manage many of America’s most important public lands. Using energy tax revenue to fund much-needed restoration and maintenance projects on the lands these agencies manage will benefit many Americans. Sneaky Pete. 🤔🤔🤷🏼‍♂️🤔🤔. 10.27.10
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    Extra revenue from fracking should pay down the national debt. However, if the extra revenue can be used as a capital tool to create additional revenue, then go for it. But alas, government knows how to decrease wealth, not on increasing wealth.
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    NO! Leave it in the ground. Maintenance of federal lands should be fully funded as a matter of course, instead of their being starved of budget to create a false pretense to justify their rape for the benefit of oil and gas billionaires.
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    Whenever possible, legislation which creates funds from fines for violations of use such as this one should, as part of the legislation design, revert to costs of the program or to the department that generated them. The setup, use and disposal of these funds should be specific and written into the legislation. It is understandable for excess funds to be moved to other programs to cover operational costs for those programs, but such funds should be specified in the legislation as EXCESS funds, and a system of documenting their transfer and use as part of the department budget should be a requirement for any bill passed in the legislature.
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    National parks should be managed and funded by the states.
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    We should temporarily use monies earmarked for energy development on National land to maintain our National Parks.
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    Ah, no. There are at least two reasons why this is a bad thing. 1 is that their should be no energy or any major development on public lands. 2 is that the maintenance of public lands should be handled through the normal funding process, not some sort of dedicated fee. Unless, of course, they are going to correspondingly lower our income taxes (or reduce the deficit). I know, dream on...
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