The C in Clear Act stands for consolidated. There are a number separate and unrelated issues that have been consolidated into this legislation, just for legislative convenience.
One particular part is found in the last line of the first paragraph. "$900 million per year until 2040"
This is the Land and Water Conservation Fund that was conceived of by Eisenhower and enacted in 1965. The money comes from OCS Royalties. $900 million per year with the 50 states getting half and the other half split by all the land agencies(BLM, Forest Service, Park Service, etc).
You may recall CARA from back in 2000 when Congress tried to to take the LWCF off budget. That is what this is, they are wanting to take it off budget so they don't have to appropriate it every year.
Another part of the CLEAR Act is reinstating that water quality reg that was overturned by the court because it contained the word navigable. That reg was in place for a long time prior.
You have to look at each unrelated part(s) of the consolidated bill.
This has nothing to do with LOST.
Thanks for the explanation Ben. It had seemed different in that it addressed coasts, something I don’t believe the LOST Treaty did. How do you follow this stuff so closely?
I try to keep up, but you’ve done a much better job than I have.