public lands

Restore Our National Parks Using Oil and Natural Gas

Politicians promising to shut down public lands to oil and natural gas development have it all wrong, that is if they’re serious about conservation. The 0.07 percent of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) public lands disturbed for oil and gas production can and ought to be used to improve our nation’s crumbling national parks. Just take a trip through Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park and you’ll see the two types of public lands both serve valuable purposes. That is what my family did.

Protecting Our Cultural Heritage

It’s ironic that on the day that Notre Dame was engulfed the majority on the House Natural Resources Committee was holding a hearing on oil and natural gas development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The implication of Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the Democrats on the committee, and the one-sided list of witnesses they had assembled was that oil and natural gas development near the park is threatening those cultural resources.

Wyoming Leasing Decision

The media, in its rush to burnish its easy narrative on climate change, spun a D.C. District Court ruling that BLM did not conduct adequate greenhouse gas analysis as a failure of the Trump Administration to conduct greenhouse gas analysis. Yet the leases in question where from 2015 and 2016, even before Trump was a candidate.

Conservation Credit

Few people realize the oil and natural gas industry is the major source of funding for conservation for decades. We should tell that story because we’re constantly bombarded by policies and bad press that assumes we’re bad actors. As a result, there are countless ways, from the Green New Deal to litigation against development, that politicians and environmental groups try to stop our industry.

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