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5 National Parks At Risk Under Romney’s Energy Plan (Slideshow)

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Bryce Canyon National Park: A strip coal mine is currently proposed on Bureau of Land Management lands ten miles from the park, but the National Park Service has warned that it would “likely result in  negative impacts to park resources and visitors,” as well as to air quality and scenery.  But under Romney’s energy plan, the state of Utah would be responsible for permitting and overseeing the new mine. And guess what? Utah already has already approved a coal mine right next to the proposed one.

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1:13PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

For October 20 today's Daily Action consists of signing a petition: America's National Parks in Jeopardy. The infographic describes the effects of funding cut backs which will affect the quality of the parks in present and future urging people to sign.

I signed the petition and wrote in a few things as well and got to the part where one puts in either the state or province before sending it off. Intriguing...the petition site then forgets to include the part for Canadian provinces so one can't sign it as only American states are provided. Why mention provinces if this isn't then attached. Too bad,so sad.

1:01PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

That is quite amusing Michael K, "Emperor Harper!" We are all the poorer for having Empoorer Harper in charge of Canada. While Elaine A shows no concern about the future of her national park system under a republican government which will say "smile and Be Happy!" They will drill away exploiting the parks. Many Americans worry about what environmental damage will do to pristine areas.

The attitude of dig it up, ship it out when it applies to oil/gas/coal,/minerals/other natural resources is appalling. Surely there are other areas within the U.S. where companies can exploit these resources without tearing up national parks which exist to preserve wildlife and for people to enjoy both present and one would hope...future generations. Tourists from afar love to enjoy them as well and while Canada has many treasured parks there are certainly people from small geographic nations such as Japan who find the wide open spaces in both Canadian, American, Australian and other parks around the world fascinating and wonderful. Preserve these!

10:05PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

VOTE OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:09AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Elaine, for whom are you an apologist for?

10:08AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

The fact of the matter is that Romney is the Kochs' boy, bought and paid for. He is the next POTUS and somebody up there had better step in and help America. I shudder to think about the impact that Romney and Ryan will have in Canada as they influence "emperor" Harper. North America may never be the same.

8:08AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

I have tried reasoned arguments, impassioned plea's and informed logic.....but, what it comes down to is; I simply cannot stand [nor trust] this man. Not to mention the fact that I am left with the feeling that both Romney and Ryan are automatons which were programmed in the back rooms of the Republican Party.

6:59AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the article.

3:36AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thank you.

12:10PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

thanks.

2:58PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

:-(

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