Where’s the money?

Oil and gas leases should fund more conservation

Not quite what Ernie had in mind.

Newspapers are still indeed worthwhile. Especially when an editorial brings to light a government screw up like the failure of Congress to consistently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Created in 1965, it was to be annually funded to the tune of $900 million from “excess” profits of offshore oil and gas leases. To date, that has happened only twice. Last year, offshore drilling leases generated $18 billion. Not to mention one hell of a freaking mess.

Thanks to Katherine Skinner, executive director of the N.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, for making my local newspaper worth reading again. At least this week. Read her editorial here.

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