Secretary Zinke tried to toss the White House a political hot potato.

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Sunday, September 17th, 2017

“This committee is hand-picked to give oil, gas, and coal companies what they want while ripping off taxpayers. “

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Friday, September 1st, 2017
Grand Teton National Park, 1930

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2017 DENVER—As the National Park Service celebrates its 101st birthday today, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to celebrate our parks the day after he proposed wiping vast parts of our national […]

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Friday, August 25th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2017 DENVER—In response to the Department of Interior’s announcement that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the White House will not release the full results of Zinke’s national monuments review, only a detail-free “summary” of the report, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “More than 2.7 […]

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Thursday, August 24th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2017 DENVER—In response to Interior Secretary Zinke’s announcement that he is asking President Trump to shrink several national monuments, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “On the eve the National Park Service’s 101st anniversary, Secretary Zinke is proposing to wipe large swaths of America’s parks […]

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Thursday, August 24th, 2017

“Does he really expect us to say ‘thank you’ for taking the only legal option available to him?”

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Friday, August 4th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 3, 2017 RiggingTheSystem.org is a new resource for media, government leaders, and citizens DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities and The Wilderness Society unveiled a new website today, RiggingTheSystem.org, to help Americans sort through the deluge of data and reports about oil and gas development on U.S. public lands. The website launches as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 1, 2017 Will the Interior Secretary listen to the West, or Washington insiders? DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities today launched a new six-figure ad buy targeting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s efforts to roll back national monument designations. The ad, “The West is Calling,” focuses on the more than 1 million public […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 27, 2017 DENVER—In response to reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke placed threatening calls to Alaska’s senators because of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s health care votes, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “Ryan Zinke is revealing himself as Trump’s hitman. He’s now threatening to hold public lands […]

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Thursday, July 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 24, 2017 DENVER—The U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed David Bernhardt as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior on a vote of 53-43. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “David Bernhardt’s numerous conflicts of interest should have made this an easy ‘no’ vote for the entire […]

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Monday, July 24th, 2017

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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