December 20, 2019
WASHINGTON D.C. – The Glenn Administration unveiled a project to re-purpose the National Parks of the United States for “resource harvesting” said a late afternoon press release Friday.
The plan will be executed by an entity President Melissa Glenn created called the National Surplus Management Agency (NSMA), which will take the existing National Parks system and turn some of those places into mines, urban developments and weapons testing sites, said an NSMA spokesman.
Appointed to lead the NSMA is Jeff McIntosh, a close Glenn ally and climate change skeptic, who helped Glenn’s White House cut back on environmental regulations when she took office in 2017.
According to some critics, the creation of the NSMA is the President doubling down on her commitment to fighting federal environmental groups, many of which used social media to denounce the tactics of the new President early in her term.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was the first to go under the Glenn
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was the first to go under the Glenn Administration, when she appointed longtime EPA critic and often legal opponent Burt Schilling to head the agency. Within a year, the EPA hardly resembled its previous form due to sharp budget cuts under a conservative Congress. Early this year, the agency folded.
After Democratic lawmakers raised a furious opposition movement, which caused widespread protesting in major urban areas across the country, the Glenn Administration refused to budge, instead, choosing to erect the NSMA before the year’s end.
“This is a backlash to the protests staged across the country,” said Graham Hodgson, of Montana, an environmental activist who helped lead EPA de-funding protests in the West last year. “I just hope that they don’t damage our parks in the name of a grudge.”
Friday evening’s press release offered few details into how the program will be managed, but many, even conservative lawmakers fear that this may be a step too far.
“There was no doubt that the EPA’s reach was way too far, but I don’t know if messing with our beautiful parks’ system is the way to slow regulation on our country’s businesses,” said Sen. Stephen Miller (R-CA). “I think there are better ways.”
While no specific parks have been announced yet, McIntosh told Facebook News Friday morning that seven different parks were slated for the first round of renovations over a two-year span.
Environmental groups and liberal protestors are fearful of what
Environmental groups and liberal protestors are fearful of what could come of this program, but some think that this idea has very little teeth.
For one, the federal budget for 2020, released by Glenn earlier this year, allows for no
spending on this new organization.
During her daily briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Tomi Lahren explained that the funds will come from the National Parks Service funding, which has dwindled in recent years to its lowest point since the National Parks Service began operation in 1916.
With no money or apparent direction, some say the program was dead on arrival.
“I don’t think there’s enough organization or funding to make this happen logistically,” said Hodgson. “But, that does not make it less sad that this is where our country’s at.”
Still, some fear for the President’s temperament, and think that Glenn could will this into existence because of the actions of federal environmental groups in 2017.
“If we’ve learned anything about Glenn, it’s that she sticks to her guns,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). “I think it would be foolish not to take this seriously and resist it with the full force of the American people.”
When asked if more protests are coming, Hodgson indicated that he is starting a yet-to-be-named nonprofit group to combat the NSMA is in its infancy, but declined to explain what that would mean or what it would be called in more detail.