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

Reuters

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

Written by on Monday, January 30th, 2017