The following is an excerpt from Nick Loris’ testimony before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee on April 28th, 2022:
My name is Nick Loris, and I am the Vice President of Public Policy at the Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions (C3 Solutions). Thank you for this opportunity to appear before the subcommittee to discuss the link between natural resources development and conservation programs like the Historic Preservation Fund. With the introduction of the Ukraine Independence Park Act (H.R. 7075), I would also like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of energy security and how increased energy supplies and energy diversification helps American families and our European allies.
My written testimony consists of the following four sections:
- The importance of the Historic Preservation Fund.
- The economic and conservation benefits of domestic natural resource development and the unintended consequences of prohibiting development.
- Concerns of turning the Historic Preservation Fund into a mandatory program and considerations for alternative funding mechanisms.
- Policy reforms to enhance energy security, generate revenue for conservation, diversify Europe’s energy needs, and meet climate objectives.
Watch the full hearing here.