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The National Park Service no longer officially sneers at bottled water, and while there were the expected grumblings from the people who don’t think anyone should ever make any money, only 23 of 417 NPS sites actually banned the sale of the product, and you have to figure that in this day and age, at least some of their visitors were spooked by the thought of dihydrogen monoxide.

DHMO aside, however, this may not be such a bad idea after all:

I find the arguments against bottled water to be pretty compelling in general, but I think Trump is in the right on this one. Symbolic legislation has its place, but this is the government making bottled water less accessible where it’s most useful. Most bottled water is consumed around the house, where people can really come up with alternate arrangements (such as tap and filter) easily enough. Even those used outside the home are in places where there is a degree of flexibility waiting for the next water fountain. On the other hand, national parks tend to be places where you’re most likely to be concerned with hydration. You don’t want to stand in the way of people and their water because they forgot their bottle.

Not in the least.





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