Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Department of Interior

The 112th Congress should
  • begin taking steps to abolish the Department of Interior by
    • selling land to fund Social Security obligations (DOI manages 507 million acres of surface land, or about one-fifth of the land in the United States, including:
    • terminate socialist oil industry operations: The Minerals Management Service has jurisdiction over approximately 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf, on which it manages about 7,600 active oil and gas leases on 40 million acres. 
    • privatize "Recreation and Cultural Opportunities" managed by DOI, by selling assets to charitable conservancies or Free Market recreation and entertainment industries.
    • terminate corporate welfare provided by DOI research.
    • terminate Soviet-style production of energy and water (DOI's Bureau of Reclamation is "the largest wholesaler of water in the country" and the nationís second largest producer of hydroelectric power, generating more than 40 billion kilowatt hours of energy each year from 58 power plants. Government should be neither "wholesaler" nor retailer.)

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