FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017   DENVER—Today, the Interior Department conducted its much-anticipated oil lease sale for lands within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The lease sale, which was announced by Secretary Zinke as part of the administration’s push for “energy dominance,” offered all 10.3 million acres currently available within the wildlife-rich reserve. The sale yielded bids […]

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Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The maps and proposed monument boundaries reveal why the Trump administration is pushing to eliminate large swaths of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

To finance a small portion of the costs of the Republican tax plan currently working its way through Congress, lawmakers are pushing to open Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Considered one of the last intact spaces in the United States, opening the Arctic to drilling has long been a […]

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Monday, November 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 16, 2017 DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed to the BLM, Steed served as chief of staff for Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT). Representative Stewart has consistently pushed for […]

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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 DENVER—Today the Interior Department announced it will undermine sage-grouse conservation plans across the West, opening the door to mining and development on critical habitat. The result of years of negotiation by Western governors, ranchers, and conservationists, the existing plans seek to boost sage-grouse recovery in hopes of keeping the bird off […]

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Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2017 DENVER—The Department of the Interior announced today it will seek a delay in implementing the methane waste rule. Finalized by the Bureau of Land Management in 2016, the methane waste rule would require oil and gas operations on public lands to detect and prevent the leaking, venting and flaring of natural […]

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 26, 2017 DENVER—In speeches to the National Petroleum Council and the National Clean Energy Week symposium, Interior Secretary Zinke made claims that one-third of Interior Department employees are not loyal to President Trump and that public lands are best suited for drilling and mining, while solar energy should stick to rooftops. In response, […]

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 21, 2017 Nevada leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments LAS VEGAS, NV—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Nevada today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular national monuments […]

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Friday, July 21st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 20, 2017 California leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments PALM SPRINGS, CA—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Palm Springs today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular […]

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Thursday, July 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2017 Fruita Mayor, outdoor leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments GRAND JUNCTION, CO—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Grand Junction today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on […]

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Monday, July 17th, 2017

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FROM THE BLOG


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