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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2017 Local leaders call on President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke to stop the assault on America’s national monuments SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Utah today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 19, 2016 Arizona leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments FLAGSTAFF, AZ—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Flagstaff today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular national monuments […]
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December 6 marked the much-anticipated “largest” sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s wildlife-rich National Petroleum Reserve. But despite...
Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report, recommending that President Trump illegally revise the boundaries of...