As expected, House Natural Resources Committee left American taxpayers out to dry on coal royalties

In yesterday’s hearing, some on the House Natural Resources Committee defended the government’s broken system for overseeing coal production, valuation, and royalties—even when that system means millions of lost dollars for American taxpayers. Fortunately, there are alternatives: First, there’s the former director of the Montana Department of Revenue, Dan Bucks. Bucks underscored in the hearing […]

Majority in Congress wants to “ensure certainty” for the coal industry by taking from American taxpayers

Tomorrow, we’ll hear from the majority on the House Natural Resources Committee majority about coal production and valuation in the West’s Powder River Basin region. What you’re not likely to hear, on the other hand, is the truth—that loopholes in the current coal valuation program mean that taxpayers lose out on hundreds of millions of […]

Time is Running Out for America’s Best Conservation Fund, But These Congressmen Can Save It

As the clock ticks towards the end of 2015, Congress has less and less time to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—an end-of-the-year must-do to save America’s best parks program that supports so many local economies. There’s still time to fully fund and permanently reauthorize LWCF—as long as supportive members of Congress choose […]

ConocoPhillips is wrong: Natural gas waste costs communities, not big oil  

Last month, ConocoPhillips made a presentation to the New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee arguing that taking action to limit the wasteful practice of venting or flaring excess natural gas “would come at significant cost” and “put billions of dollars at risk.” And they’re not referring to the tax dollars that are wasted when they burn natural gas into the […]


ICYMI: Two Bipartisan op-eds show strong across-the-aisle support for Conservation Fund

Two opinion pieces published yesterday in national newspapers from members of both parties underscore the bipartisan importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The first, from Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT), is a call to members of his party to support this long-standing fund. The second, from former Secretary of the Interior and Colorado […]

Rep. Bishop wants to take from communities, give to oil companies with new LWCF bill

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Utah Representative Rob Bishop’s “discussion draft” for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF, or the Fund). In the past, at least 40% of the Fund has been set aside for projects on federal lands, but Rep. Rob Bishop’s draft proposes shrinking that number to a measly […]

Time for Rep. Bishop to listen to a majority of Americans—it’s time to reauthorize LWCF

This morning, the House Natural Resources Committee is finally—after months of unnecessary delay from a single member—holding a hearing on the now-expired Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Authorized in 1964, LWCF has long funded communities across the nation to protect and build parks, playgrounds and trails, boosting economies and quality of life. After 50 years, […]

Act now: Tell Rep. Rob Bishop it’s time to permanently reauthorize LWCF

Tell Rep. Rob Bishop it’s time to fully fund and permanently authorize America’s best parks program.  Western Values Project recently released new television advertisements and a print advertisement calling on members of Congress to act to safeguard the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 50 year-old federal program that Congress allowed to lapse in […]

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