Biden announces $44 million to strengthen ‘climate resilience’ in National Parks. Where’s he getting the $?

As Americans continue to struggle with soaring prices and a weakening dollar, President Joe Biden announced this week that he was gifting the National Park Service with $44 million to “restore and strengthen climate resilience” in fiscal year 2023.

And here’s the kicker: The money is coming out of the “Inflation Reduction Act” — because nothing brings down inflation like protecting trees from the weather.

According to Democrats, this is “a big deal.”

“Today, the Department of the Interior announced over $44 million from the Biden-Harris administration’s Investing in America agenda to meet critical ecosystem resilience, restoration and environmental planning needs for the National Park Service in fiscal year 2023,” the Tuesday statement read. “These investments from the Inflation Reduction Act will be guided by the Department’s Restoration and Resilience Framework to support coordination across agency programs and ensure collaborative, strategic and measurable landscape-scale benefits that advance climate resilience.”

“The projects announced today infuse much-needed funding to put people to work addressing critical ecosystem needs to restore healthy and resilient park lands while benefiting communities surrounding parks,” the release promises. “Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the National Park Service is working to address the impacts of the climate crisis, including intensifying drought, wildfires, flooding and legacy pollution in national parks and other public lands. Resources are making significant strategic investments to repair critical facilities and infrastructure and enhance conservation through ecosystem restoration and recreation opportunities.”

So, what will the $44 million buy?

Redwood trees, for one.

A “partnership effort” between project manager Redwoods Rising “and in collaboration with California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League,” will “allow iconic redwoods to return and recover in areas damaged by previous logging, restoring incredible forest ecosystems that teem with biodiversity and help sequester carbon.”

The inflation reduction money will also help “prevent the extinction of Hawaiian Forest Birds”; restore the “Whitebark Pine at nine national parks in Montana, Wyoming, California and Washington”; remove buffelgrass from Arizona’s Saguaro National Park; and control “invasive plant species affecting parks in Appalachia.”

While we are certain the forest birds in Hawaii are singing “Hakuna Matata,” many on social media are wondering what any of this has to do with inflation.

“That’ll help reduce inflation,” wrote one user on X. “Great job.”

“Does zero for the people,” noted another.

“NONE of this reduces inflation,” fumed a third. “Who named this bogus act?”

Others suggested that “the Big Guy” was likely receiving a cut of that $44 million.

“Joe likes to give vague explanations as to how he’s spending your tax dollars,” stated one user. “I’m sure it’s fine.”

But others still had questions.

“What the hell does ‘more resilient to climate change’ mean?” asked one user.

One user took a snarky run at something approximating optimism, declaring, “Trees will now be able to endure wind & rain per the party of science.”

But another seemed to nail what many are thinking.

“So it’s a slush fund,” the user wrote. “And nothing to do with inflation.”




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