The Department of Interior is quickly earning a reputation with journalists for providing bad information and factually inaccurate statements. The agency’s reputation took another hit this week after placing an error filled op-ed from Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The opinion piece ignored numerous facts while arguing that the expansion of Colorado’s West Elk […]

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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has made no secrets about his disdain for America’s foundational conservation laws. On the Endangered Species Act: “I would be happy to invalidate [it].” On the Antiquities Act: “It is the most evil act ever invented.” On the Land and Water Conservation Fund: it […]

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Friday, November 10th, 2017

More than six months into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tenure at the Interior Department, we’re getting a clear picture of what a Zinke Doctrine looks like: serving oil and gas companies is a welcomed blessing, while serving the public and our parks is a burden. Virtually every major decision that the secretary has made fits neatly […]

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Friday, October 27th, 2017

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

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4 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.

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5 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

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6 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

https://t.co/JyV5Xd6C5J
6 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?

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