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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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Montana @GovernorBullock: "Frankly, it makes me wonder whether the president is truly committed to investing in what makes America great, because a fundamental part of what makes America great is our land."
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Whether it’s a @CNN op-ed or a @FoxBusiness interview, @SecretaryZinke just can’t stop lying about national monuments.


Alaska is “open for business,” but nobody’s interested

December 6 marked the much-anticipated “largest” sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s wildlife-rich National Petroleum Reserve. But despite...

December 7th, 2017

The remaining falsehoods in Ryan Zinke’s final national monuments report

Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report, recommending that President Trump illegally revise the boundaries of...

December 7th, 2017

Not in Their Wildest Dreams

Since taking office, the Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back existing common sense energy policies and enact an...

December 7th, 2017