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The Environmental Downside of the Sequester: Will National Parks Close?

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, conservation, greenliving, protection )

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It's the first days of the federal budget sequestration, a series of automatic spending cuts for which the nation has been bracing for months. If the cuts go into effect today as expected, 1.2 trillion will be cut from the federal budget over the next

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Christeen A (368)
Monday March 4, 2013, 8:04 am
I sure hope not.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 4, 2013, 8:31 am

Yes, if this continues Parks will close, Rangers will be laid off, and those who enforce animal protection (few that they are) will also be dispensed with alacrity.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:13 pm
G*d, I hope not! Sadly, it's looking like a possibility...

Audrey B (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:26 pm
This administration really stinks. They do nothing but argue, they get nothing done.

I can see it coming the Middle Class will be the ones to suffer.

This is only the beginning of whats to come.

Birgit W (160)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:36 pm
I hope not. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:20 pm
I hope not for the peoples and animals sake


Past Member (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:38 pm
A better solution;

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:53 pm
I sure wish they could come up with a better solution. We have over 2 million visitors annually to our national park. The spin off on this, if people stopped coming, would be disastrous for all the businesses that rely on tourism as well as my own art gallery.

. (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 3:02 pm
This does not make me happy.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:18 pm
The impact of the sequestration will, no doubt, have disasterous results for the country. I am furious at the Legislative Branch of government for so poorly representing the interests of the American people. I have no doubt that we The People will have the last say, though, when we boot them out of office at the next elections. We'll see how they enjoy unemployment!

Ruth R (246)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:50 pm
From the Article:

"Clean Air and Water

Sequestration will undermine efforts to ensure that air and water are clean, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste, the White House Council on Environmental Quality has said. There will be a reduction of 154 million in federal funding for state environmental programs.New York will lose the most federal environmental funding, a reduction of 12.87 million, but all states will likely be impacted.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may shut down for three days next week, and a five percent cut to EPA’s budget is expected this fiscal year, which will translate into fewer regulatory inspections, less money for water quality projects, cuts to air pollution monitoring, and the slashing of research funding that would have helped communities adapt to climate change, then-EPA administrator Lisa Jackson wrote earlier this month.

The agency has long known that sequestration would spell disaster for public health. “Spending may be forced to be slashed in an irresponsible manner that can endanger the public health protections that we rely on,” Jacksonwarned last year in testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Read the rest of this article at


Ruth R (246)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:53 pm
Not that they will tell us -- what are these men and women in office realy up to?

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 6:08 am
Well we already know that Yellowstone will not be opening on time, a small matter of $250,000 to plow the roads that they do not have. Which by the by is estimated to cost Yellowstone $2 Million in revenue. And if you want to grasp the ignorance of the Repug/Tea Bagged, one of their tin-foil ass-hats said they should spend the money they do not have to make the money. God stupid is dangerous, but when the budget Guru of the House can not even use 2+2=4 math small surprise.

Kirsten Taufer (43)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 10:48 am
So long as national parks aren't sold off for mining, fracking and oil drilling, I'd almost be OK with them not having human traffic for a while.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:38 pm
The animals are less and less safe there anyhow.

And Mother Earth isn't safe anywhere.


Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:45 pm
This is a tragedy at this time. For many people this was the only way to holiday, viewing the beautiful National Parks and the wildlife.
Noted sadly.
Thank you Cher.

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 12:41 pm
sadly noted, thanks Cher
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