Category: National Parks

It’s Criminal to Destroy Our National Parks | They Belong to The People

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 6, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

There’s very little that the American public seems to have anymore. Three trillion dollars of historic and cherished assets lining our coasts are in the midst of being destroyed before our eyes as a result of the climate crisis. Every year, many millions of American families have found memorable, quality, family time visiting our national treasures, our National Parks. These travel experiences are powerful, therapeutic, and inspirational. Strong emotional and mental attitudes serve our country well. The fact that our nation was blessed with these natural wonders has brought much comfort to previous presidents, as well as state and national leaders. The belief that nature can nurture an entire population at a very low cost is a significant advantage in maintaining a healthy and productive population.

“…The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not repaired in value.” ~ President Theodore Roosevelt

Further, tourism is a $3 Trillion industry in the United States. Protecting these valuable natural assets is not only the right thing to do morally, but also economically. It’s therefore unfathomable that our president and GOP leaders would confirm David Longly Bernhardt , an oil lobbyist, to run the Department of the Interior, particularly when his self acclaimed mission is to carve away 12 million acres in our National Parks for oil drilling.

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The apparent reason why Bernhardt is on a mission to destroy millions of acres of public land when the oil boom is now behind us, and the public is transitioning to renewable energy, is because Trump and Bernhardt refuse to have oil left in the ground when it can be pulled out immediately and converted to cash before the opportunity disappears forever. The extreme greed of a few, at the expense of 325 million Americans, is dehumanizing and infuriating.

America’s natural wonders are irreplaceable. They can NOT be refurbished once decimated. They become lost, lost forever.

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CALL TO ACTION: Please call elected Representatives ASAP and demand that our National Parks NOT be destroyed to line the pockets of a few.

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Disgraced Secretary of Interior Zinke, Gone | Who’s Bernhardt?

It’s the end of 2018, and embattled Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially moved out of his post amidst a spiraling storm of controversy surrounding endless ethics scandals:

  • Extravagant travel expenses for Zinke and his wife Lola at taxpayer expense
  • Violations of the ethics pledge Zinke signed in January 2017 before being confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
  • Montana Land deal while Secretary of Interior connected with Halliburton, personally benefitting Zinke
  • Consistently blending political events and official events, examples that include jetting off to luxurious destinations such as the Virgin Islands in support of gun-club
  • Attempt to remove the Interior’s Inspector General who was investigating Zinke

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Zinke rode into town on his horse back in 2017, literally, and is leaving in what amounts to a tornado of ethics violations… 18 formal investigation in all, according to Mother Jones on October 31, 2018.

So who’s been tapped to take Zinke’s place in light of all these controversies? Unfortunately, someone who appears to be cut from the same cloth as Zinke, Deputy United States Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.

Already confirmed by the Senate, Bernhardt could potentially step right in without delay. A power lobbyist for oil &  gas, as well as water in California’s Central Valley farm belt, Bernhardt is someone who’s worked closely with Nunes and the Central Valley’s wetlands and aligns himself with Nunes’ perspective.

Environmentalists have good reason to be very concerned about the Department of the Interior being led by this type of power broker with such strong ties to the oil & gas industry. Our National Parks are considered out most valuable natural resource, the heart of our trillion dollar tourism industry and must be protected without delay.

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