As the landmark legislation known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund heads into the last 60 days of its original 50-year charter, a few thoughts regarding its current relevance:
"Unfortunately, the LWCF turns into a pumpkin this September when its original 50-year charter expires. Even more unfortunate is the political climate that will surround it when it hits the floor of the Capitol.
The good news is that this obviously integral and simple mechanism only needs Congress to come together, unite behind it, and reauthorize it.
The bad news is that this obviously integral and simple mechanism only needs Congress to come together, unite behind it, and reauthorize it.
No doubt, this is a decision about money ... about the $900 million dollars a year that comes out of the pocket of oil and gas companies, and often goes to the preservation and protection of other public lands from just that kind of drilling.
Pitting conservation interests versus oil and gas interests is a fight that few have the stomach to pick. People like cheap gas, love driving, and have all but forgotten that Al Gore was a filmmaker. In a modern world fueled by fuel, drawing a line in the sand across from the oil and gas crowd is a half-step away from picking a fight with oxygen. And yet, there’s more than enough room between “not here, not now, not ever” and “anywhere, anytime” to make a legitimate stand ..."
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