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The Tule Springs Fossil Bed
The Tule Springs Fossil Bed

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AIR DATE: June 7, 2012

The Tule Springs Coalition has been pushing for National Monument status for a collection of Ice Age fossils at a 30,000-acre site along the Upper Las Vegas Wash. The fossile beds were laid down beginning 250,000 years ago. The most recent are 7,000 years old. But what exactly is at Tule Springs? How were the fossil beds formed? And can they be preserved and become a tourist attraction at the same time?
 
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Stephen Rowland, PhD, Prof of Geosciences, UNLV

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Mark my words, this boondoggle will cost taxpayers millions of dollars per year (forever), for the Park Service requires 20x what the private sector would need to do the same. Do we really need such expenditures when we are already borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend?? How about the 10,000 people who signed the petition put up their own money to buy and maintain the fossil beds, rather than essentially voting to have the government take my money to fund their pet projects? Guaranteed, if "supporters" were to be told they'd each be sent an annual bill (forever) for even a piddly $100, very few would support the monument.
Tim HuntJun 8, 2012 15:42:03 PM
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