Taxpayers will lose over one billion dollars over the next decade as the Forest Service spends more money on building logging roads and preparing commercial timber sales than it makes on selling the timber.
In 1992, taxpayers subsidized the clearcutting of our Alaskan rain forest with an estimated $40 million.
Mining companies are allowed to buy our public lands for less than five dollars an acre - any they pay no royalties on the gold and other minerals they extract. This taxpayer giveaway, combined with the cost of massive environmental damage and cleanup, amounts to a billion dollars every year.
Grazing has led to soil erosion, watershed destruction and ruin of wildlife habitat on millions of acres of our public lands. Taxpayers subsidized grazing fees with $1.8 billion during the years 1985 - 1992.
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