Biden’s War On Energy Kills Funding For Wyoming Parks
Wyoming primarily makes its money on 3 things, energy, Tourism, and ranching.
The Biden administration is already squeezing out the jobs created and state revenue as they put the squeeze on energy production.
But did you know that squeezing energy production harms Wyoming's second-greatest industry, tourism?
Squeezing energy production is jeopardizing funding for National Parks according to the Western Energy Alliance.
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), taxes oil and natural gas developments on federal lands and waters, according to the Interior Department.
94% of the total $2.8 billion in annual conservation funding under the GAOA is provided by oil and gas royalties.
Squeezing energy production squeezes the upkeep of Wyoming's Federal parklands.
“We have an administration pursuing energy ‘transition’ policies not based in reality, so it’s inevitable that they likewise don’t understand the consequences of those policies,” Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Just as the energy sources they favor result in a scarcity of energy, so too would they result in a lack of economic output, in this case, conservation funding.”
GAOA allocates $1.9 billion in funding from energy royalties for campgrounds, repairing park trails, and keeping open lands pristine.
$900 million is brought in annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
$4.4 billion in onshore energy revenues went to maintenance programs in 2021.
$4.3 billion in offshore royalty revenues were made available under GAOA in 2021 with oil and gas responsible for roughly all of the funding.
So if we shut down coal, gas, and oil, as the President promises that he will do, we are defunding our national parks and Wyoming's tourism industry.