So much for making sure taxpayers get a fair return from drilling on public lands.

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Friday, August 4th, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the Bears Ears National Monument yesterday, spending his morning flying over the monument and the afternoon hiking to one of the many thousands of archaeological sites with a slew of national monument opponents. Prominently featured in Secretary Zinke’s tour group was Matt Anderson, a Utah-based political operative with ties to […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

America’s oil and gas sector thrived under President Obama’s leadership. Far from the “war on oil” claims made by President Trump, his allies in Congress, and industry lobbyists, the data provided below prove that U.S. oil and gas production skyrocketed over the last eight years, that oil and gas companies are holding millions of acres […]

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Mike Noel, a little-known state Representative from Utah, is publicly campaigning to run the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He has put his own odds of being selected to run the agency at “maybe better than 50–50.” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has even taken to publicly lobbying for Noel. Rep. Noel would be an extreme […]

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Days into the new Congress and only a week before Donald Trump takes the oath of office, politicians in Washington are already taking their cues directly from billionaire campaign donors. Last week, the Freedom Partners — an organization supported by billionaire corporate executives, including the Koch brothers — released a “roadmap” for President Trump and […]

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Monday, January 9th, 2017

Buyer known for speculating around National Parks By Greg Zimmerman The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration sold-off thousands of acres of state-owned lands this week, including privatizing nearly 400 acres lying within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. The Comb Ridge parcel — which sold for $500,000 to a land speculator — holds significant cultural resources, including […]

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Monday, October 24th, 2016

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, took his committee on the road today, holding a field hearing in New Mexico titled “Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development.” The irony of Rep. Bishop presenting himself as a protector of tribal sovereignty should be lost on no one: the congressman’s landmark […]

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Proponents of “transferring” public lands have failed to answer even the most basic question about their proposal: how will states afford to protect communities from wildfire?

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The long-awaited trial for Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and six other militants who led the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge begins on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. The trial will bring some closure to the central Oregon town of Burns where the armed occupiers disrupted daily life and terrorized residents. During the […]

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

It has been another difficult year for politicians and interest groups fighting to seize control of America’s public lands. Legislators in state capitols across the West are rebuffing bills to force the United States to dispose of American public lands into state and private hands. At the same time, elected officials backing public land seizure […]

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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What pulling out of the Paris agreement could mean for public lands

As President Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke experienced climate change first hand on his visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

June 2nd, 2017

CO oil & gas companies spend millions on politicians, PR

A Center for Western Priorities review of Colorado campaign finance records shows that since 2012, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy have collectively spent more than $21.6 million on state political races and ballot initiatives.

June 1st, 2017

Monuments through history

Since President Trump issued his review of national monuments, Utah officials have argued monument designations today are 47 times larger than they were when the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906.

May 31st, 2017