Obama: 'I've Set Aside More Public Lands and Waters Than Any Administration in History'

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT

President Obama making remarks after touring Everglades National Park on Earth Day. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(CNSNews.com) - In an Earth Day speech delivered today in the Florida Everglades, President Barack Obama boasted the he has set aside more "public land and waters" than any president in the history of the country.

Obama also said that the nation's economy gets a 1000 percent return from federal funds that are "invested" in the National Park Service.

"First, we’re releasing a report showing that every dollar invested in the National Park Service generates $10 for the economy," said Obama. "That’s a good investment. I don’t run a private equity fund, but I know that if you invest a dollar and you get $10 back, that’s a good investment.

"In 2014, almost 300 million visitors to our national parks spent almost $16 billion and supported 277,000 jobs," asid Obama. "So protecting our parks is a smart thing to do for our economy. That’s why I’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history."

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