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In Yellowstone NP speech, Pence repeats call to use federal-lands energy income to clear NP backlog

In a speech delivered to NPS employees in front of Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Geyser, Vice President Mike Pence repeated a Trump Administration call for proceeds on public-lands energy drilling leases to be diverted to addressing a $12-billion backlog of critical National Park infrastructure maintenance.

That there is a backlog of sorely needed National Park infrastructure repairs is not up for debate: folks on every portion of the political spectrum agree on it. What folks on every portion of the political spectrum cannot agree on is a way for pay for it. Congress has apportioned an additional $500 million in recent years to address there backlog, but that’s not enough, and in its most recent budget the Trump Administration has proposed a 15 percent cut in National Parks spending.

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