Destroying the National Parks – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/29/opinion/29mon1.html?ex=1125979200&en=0bc885f13d47445c&ei=5070

I have got to stop reading the news. My annual outrage quota was filled by April, thanks to the idiocy of Dubya and the rest of the Tweedle-Dummers. Now the NY Times reveals a secret policy document, aimed at – no joke – allowing RV and jet-ski use, and the sale of religious materials (!?!) within US National Parks, all the while significantly reducing the conservation agenda of the Parks Service:

“Recently, a secret draft revision of the national park system’s basic management policy document has been circulating within the Interior Department. It was prepared, without consultation within the National Park Service, by Paul Hoffman, a deputy assistant secretary at Interior who once ran the Chamber of Commerce in Cody, Wyo., was a Congressional aide to Dick Cheney and has no park service experience.

Within national park circles, this rewrite of park rules has been met with profound dismay, for it essentially undermines the protected status of the national parks. The document makes it perfectly clear that this rewrite was not prompted by a compelling change in the park system’s circumstances. It was prompted by a change in political circumstances – the opportunity to craft a vision of the national parks that suits the Bush administration.”

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