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Trump administration silences EPA

January 25, 2017

According to multiple news reports, the Trump administration has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop public forms of communication, such as press releases and blogs, and to suspend issuing grants and contracts. Similar policies have been reported at the Agriculture and Interior departments. Silencing an agency responsible for protecting our clean air and water is a troubling escalation of the Trump administration’s war on science and facts.

If you build it…

As talk of improving America’s infrastructure percolates in Congress, Senate Democrats have proposed an infrastructure plan that includes $20 billion for improvements on public and tribal lands.

Quick hits

Utah’s sustained attack on public lands leads the outdoor recreation community to push back

Pacific Standard

Utah state legislators push to eliminate Bears Ears National Monument, drastically shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Salt Lake Tribune

Trump administration orders EPA to remove website with climate change research, emissions data


New Mexico could see economic uptick as oil prices increase

Santa Fe New Mexican

Opinion: As Utah politicians protest Bears Ears, history shows monument will thrive in the long run

Salt Lake Tribune

Takeaways from the hearings of Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy nominees

High Country News

Quote of the day

“While it may be difficult to believe now, Wyoming residents and officials fought Grand Teton National Park as hard or harder than Utah politicians have done with Bears Ears or Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The same happened with the Grand Canyon in Arizona and many other national parks.”

—Tom Wharton, Salt Lake Tribune

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@WstrnPriorities on Twitter

4 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.
5 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.
6 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:
6 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?
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Interior Secretary Zinke wants to defund a vital land conservation program he supposedly supports

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...

February 15th, 2018

In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air

At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...

February 15th, 2018

Trump’s “Energy Dominance” Reality Check

The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s...

February 8th, 2018