NPCA's Park Advocate » energy development News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New “FracTracker” Tool Can Help Safeguard National Parks Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:05:14 +0000 National parks preserve America’s priceless natural and cultural heritage for all time. But as America continues to grow and prosper, the experience of being in a national park is changing. The annual amount of oil and gas produced in the United States has more than tripled since 2007, and the boom shows no signs of […]]]> 0 We Can’t Afford to Wait Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:28:06 +0000 The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the world, reaching their exceptional stature after persevering for thousands of years within a limited range in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s difficult to look up at this kind of grandeur and imagine the sequoia as a fragile, […]]]> 0 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> 0 Explore the Oil and Gas Development That Threatens Theodore Roosevelt’s Backyard Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:03:41 +0000 When a young Theodore Roosevelt owned and operated a cattle ranch in the badlands of western North Dakota in the 1880s, the landscape was a remote wilderness. Sixty years later, when the area around his ranch was protected as part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, it quickly became a destination for travelers looking for unspoiled […]]]> 2 The DeChristopher Effect Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:34:25 +0000 On December 19, 2008, during the last few weeks of the Bush Administration, an oil and gas lease auction captured the nation’s attention. The auction took place on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the doorstep of two of our most iconic national parks in Utah: Arches and Canyonlands. The potential […]]]> 1 6 Reasons to Act Today for Clean Air in Arizona Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:50:40 +0000 It’s no secret that reducing air pollution creates a host of benefits for human health and the environment. But what does it mean in real terms when a coal plant cleans up its act and spews fewer particulates into the air? It’s not just a theoretical question for communities surrounding the Navajo Generating Station in […]]]> 1 A Transformative Victory Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:25:42 +0000 Above: The difference in pollution levels between 1990 and 2010 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University. In 2011, NPCA helped broker a historic agreement with the country’s largest power utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), to retrofit or retire 54 of its 59 coal-fired boilers. This agreement, known as a consent decree, […]]]> 3 Reducing the Harmful Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Near Theodore Roosevelt National Park Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:58:33 +0000 “I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” –Theodore Roosevelt Would Theodore Roosevelt still be inspired to become America’s greatest conservationist president if he experienced western North Dakota today? The land he lived on is now preserved as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but […]]]> 0 Four Stops, One Destination Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:44:57 +0000 It was hands-down the most impressive lightning storm I have ever seen. Last month, I was driving out of Arches National Park at night with my young boys, Vann, age 7, and Billy, age 6. Every few seconds, a magnificent strike of lightning lit up the darkened sky, exposing the towering sandstone formations of this […]]]> 0 NPCA, Park Ranger Group Take Fracking Message to Congress Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:27:44 +0000 Earlier this year, NPCA released an in-depth look at fracking’s impact on our national parks in the report, National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America’s National Heritage. Though the report’s case studies showed potentially dramatic impacts on some of the country’s most important landscapes, waterways, and wildlife species, we know that […]]]> 0