The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is the steward and manager of America’s natural resources including oil, gas, coal, hydropower and renewable energy sources. American energy resources create jobs and revenue. With proper policies that foster growth and local input, the DOI provides opportunities for new jobs and revenue.
The Department of the Interior uses programs and policies to increase access to public lands and balance conservation with the embracing energy opportunities. The impacts of climate change have led the Department to focus on scientific research to manage the public lands and resources.
President Trump has made it a goal of his administration to reform regulatory requirements that negatively impact our economy and do little to protect the environment.
Recently, the DOI and the National Park Service announced $12.6 million in grants for 51 projects in 24 states that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.
“An integral part of the Interior and National Park Service mission is to help preserve and tell America’s story,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “These grants will benefit places across the nation that help tell an essential piece of that story through the African American’s struggle for civil rights and equality.”
The Department also manages America’s public lands for multiple uses, ensuring these lands are available for recreation, job growth and creation, and responsible energy development.
Joining U.S. Senators, Zinke recently introduced a bipartisan bill to rebuild America’s National Parks. The proposed bill would use up to $18 billion in revenue derived from energy produced on federal lands and waters to establish a special fund within the Treasury specifically for “National Park Restoration.” The bill follows the blueprint laid out in Secretary Zinke and President Trump’s budget proposal, the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund.
“Infrastructure is an investment, not merely an expense. And every dollar we put in to rebuilding our parks, will help bolster the gateway communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality. Since the early days of my confirmation, I’ve been talking with members of the House and Senate about how we can use energy revenue to rebuild and revitalize our parks and communities,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
The stewardship of the DOI touches American lives in more ways than any other federal agency — managing one-fifth of the land in the U.S. Under Secretary Zinke’s leadership and guidance, the DOI will continue to fulfill this mission so that generations to come may enjoy the diversity of our lands that are uniquely American.
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