From The Washington Times:
President Obama took his family to two national parks over Father’s Day weekend, in part to highlight the threat of global warming, while the National Park Service is drawing attention to a different kind of climate — an atmosphere of sexual harassment and mismanagement.
The Obamas visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and then flew to California to tour Yosemite, the country’s oldest national park, to mark the 100th anniversary of the park system. The president said rising temperatures are damaging national parks.
“Climate change is no longer just a threat. It’s already a reality,” Mr. Obama said Saturday near Yosemite Falls. “Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers at Glacier National Park. No more Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park.”
Mr. Obama has set aside over 265 million acres, more public lands and water systems than any other president in history. During his two terms, he has added 22 sites to the National Park System under the Antiquities Act, often over the objections of Republicans and Western lawmakers, who say the administration brushes aside concerns of landowners, ranchers and other private citizens.
The White House said Mr. Obama is not finished setting aside land for conservation.
More protected territory requires more funding to maintain it. In his budget for fiscal 2017, the president has proposed a 9 percent increase to boost the National Park Service’s annual funding to $3.1 billion.
The Park Service and its allies say the increase is needed to handle record numbers of tourists, to…