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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    No, I don't see any reason for it, and as Goshin pointed out, I doubt they'd stay parks for long.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    I picked other. I think they should be turned over the states to control and maintained.Privatizing the parks would be disaster.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I picked other. I think they should be turned over the states to control and maintained.Privatizing the parks would be disaster.
    The states are more likely to cut corners and deals which compromise the parks and make them open to exploitation as cash strapped states all compete for economic investment from the private sector. I think giving them to the states would be a bad idea.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    I picked "Other". I'd consider changing them to be the responsibility of the states. Not sure privatizing is a great idea.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    The sustainability of National Parks is a matter of national security.
    How so ?

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I picked "Other". I'd consider changing them to be the responsibility of the states. Not sure privatizing is a great idea.
    But could the States be able to afford to maintain them. Or would they be tempted to sell part or let loggers and oil companies destroy them.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMCM View Post
    But could the States be able to afford to maintain them. Or would they be tempted to sell part or let loggers and oil companies destroy them.
    That's why I said "consider". I don't have any data to decide if it would be a good idea or not.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    No. I've done the math, and it doesn't work. Parks, forests and wilderness areas could not turn a significant profit without cost of entry becoming prohibitive for the average person; developing the land would always be tempting as it would be vastly more profitable.

    Public parks/forests/etc are among the few things better handled by gov than by the free market.
    Care to share the math? Or should we simply take your word for it?

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    What's left to privatize? All the money making enterprises within the parks are already under private control.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by dogtowner View Post
    How so ?
    National Parks represent a great wealth of resources (including biodiversity and other natural resources), a savings account if you will. The sustainability of these natural resource reservoirs represents a vital national investment. Additionally, the multi-use of these parks represents a wealth of services available to American people; services that, diminished, would never again return.

    For these reasons, the sustainability of National Parks is a matter of national security and, thereby, specifically our government's duty.

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