Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The latest example is his proposed 2019 Interior Department budget, where the secretary proposes eliminating virtually all funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
This week the BLM quietly moved to kill oil and gas leasing policies designed to balance responsible energy development with outdoor recreation, wildlife, and water supplies. The move effectively strips the leasing process of opportunities for public input, all in the name of “energy dominance.”
December 6 marked the much-anticipated “largest” sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s wildlife-rich National Petroleum Reserve. But despite the bombast and bullish statements that accompanied the Bureau of Land Management’s announcement of the lease sale earlier this fall, the administration has fallen entirely — and notably — silent.
The Trump administration is granting energy industry wishes at a breakneck pace Since taking office, the Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back existing common sense energy policies and enact an agenda written by the oil and gas industry. A new analysis finds the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have acted on […]
On Monday, President Trump will travel to Utah to announce significant cuts to two of the state’s most remarkable national monuments, Grand Staircase–Escalante and Bears Ears. It will be the largest rollback of protections to public lands in history and could open what one paleontologist called the “last great, largely unexplored dinosaur boneyard in the […]
When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke launched his attack on America’s national monuments this April, he insisted that President Trump’s executive order wouldn’t lead to a giveaway of America’s public lands. “I am absolutely against transfer and sale of public lands,” Zinke said at the time. “I can’t be more clear.” What’s now clear, however, is […]
Colorado and Montana receive high marks; New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming in the middle of the pack; Idaho and Arizona receive low marks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 17, 2017 DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities released a new Western States Conservation Scorecard today, ranking state policies on public lands access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy […]
An Analysis of Lands and Energy Policy The Center for Western Priorities’ Western States Conservation Scorecard ranks state policies on public lands access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy development in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The goal of the scorecard is to illuminate best practices and gaps in state-level public […]
Wildfire is an ever-present reality for many communities in the Western United States. As the West’s fires burn longer and hotter, some politicians have taken to scapegoating the region’s public lands, alleging that wildfire is worse on U.S. public lands than state-owned lands. Their claim, according to a new analysis of wildfire risk in the […]
A first-of-its-kind analysis of wildfire data shows that the percent of U.S. public lands and state-owned lands at a high risk of wildfire are approximately equal.
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...
In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air
At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...