At a time when Westerners are feeling less than confident about the federal government’s commitment to respecting and protecting our outdoor way of life, we are increasingly looking to our state governments to fill the leadership void. Enter the Center for Western Priorities’ Western States Conservation Scorecard, which takes a close look at proactive, state-based […]

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been all over the news in recent weeks — and it hasn’t been the kind of media attention politicians crave. Reports (here, here, here, here, here, and here) highlight the secretary’s questionable use of private charter flights and his unethical — and possibly illegal — habit of mixing politics with his official job as […]

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

In a​n interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal this afternoon, Secretary Zinke blamed “the resistance movement” for the lack of Senate-confirmed positions filled at the Department of Interior. Yet he’s failed to nominate more than half (10 of 14) of the open positions.

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Friday, September 29th, 2017

Any time you’ve had a tough week, it’s nice to retreat to a comfortable place, where you can forget about the last few days. After this week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must be awfully happy he’s escaping to the friendly confines of the Heritage Foundation, where he’ll present “A Vision for American Energy Dominance.”

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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

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States step up to lead on conservation and public lands policy in the Trump era

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Oh, the places Secretary Ryan Zinke will go (for political fundraisers and speeches)

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October 17th, 2017

Anti-park congressman introduces “No New Parks” bill

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