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Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Celebrates Final Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

“Climate change is the greatest threat facing America’s national parks,” said Michael Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. “The Inflation Reduction Act (Act) will provide an historic investment in our country’s response to that threat, and we applaud Congress for taking action.

National parks are home to typically pristine environmental conditions and well-protected natural and cultural resources. As a result, parks often serve as sentinel sites where the impacts of climate change may first appear and become readily apparent and most impactful. The funding in this act will provide critical support for the National Park Service (NPS) to hire more staff to monitor and respond to the complex impacts of the changing climate, and to hire additional employees in under-staffed units of the national parks throughout the country.

In addition, we are pleased that passage of the Act includes meaningful oil and gas leasing reforms to address our nation’s broken oil and gas leasing system. For too long, oil and gas companies have been allowed to exploit mineral resources on America’s public lands – often adjacent to national parks – with inadequate safeguards and oversight. In addition to contributing to the impacts of climate changes, lax leasing policies have polluted clean air and water in or near our national parks, pollution that should have been preventable with proper oversight.

The passage of the Act gives us hope that real change is on the horizon. Important provisions, such as increasing onshore royalty rates, fiscal reform, and ending the practice of non-competitive leasing, will help protect natural and cultural resources in national parks from the impacts of nearby oil and gas development.

We thank Congress for seizing the opportunity to pass strong clean energy and climate provisions, including the enactment of much needed oil and gas leasing reforms. This Act will help protect our climate and our public lands and national parks, both now and into the future.”

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