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August 1, 2017 by

New website tracks industry influence at Department of Interior, shows pattern of stacking the deck in favor of special interests

The Western Values Project (WVP) is launching the “Department of Influence,” an interactive website featuring in-depth research on political appointments at the Department of the Interior. The website documents the revolving door […]

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July 28, 2017 by

Western Values Project requests records on Secretary Zinke’s threats to Alaska, prepares for legal action

The Western Values Project (WVP) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all records related to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s threats against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan […]

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July 28, 2017 by

ICYMI: Interior Secretary Zinke faces questions after threatening “retribution” against Alaska Senators

In case you missed it, the Alaska Dispatch News is reporting this morning that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened “retribution” against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both Republicans) over Murkowski’s votes on […]

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July 27, 2017 by

ICYMI: Secretary Zinke refuses to release energy report, obscuring evidence of giveaways to special interests

In case you missed it, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke refused to release a report reviewing agency actions that potentially “burden” energy development. The report was required as part […]

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July 25, 2017 by

Rigged: Access to drill

Secretary Zinke has already announced that he plans to make oil and gas development the “dominant” use of America’s public lands.  One could be forgiven for thinking that was not […]

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July 24, 2017 by

ICYMI: Questions remain for embattled Interior nominee Bernhardt on lobbying record

Senate should delay vote until nominee answers questions Questions remain after new evidence surfaced late last week showing nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of the […]

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July 20, 2017 by

Breaking: New documents show nominee for top Interior job may have lied to Congress, violated Lobbying Disclosure Act

Western Values Project calls on Senate to delay confirmation vote based on new evidence In a letter sent to Senators Murkowski and Cantwell, the Western Values Project called on the Senate to […]

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July 19, 2017 by

Rigged: Taxpayers pay for Big Oil companies’ profits from public lands

National parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas, as well as the minerals beneath them, belong to all Americans. The federal government holds these lands and resources in trust […]

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July 14, 2017 by

Rigged: Big Oil, Big Subsidies

Every year, oil and gas companies make billions of dollars in profits from drilling on America’s public lands.  Yet, American taxpayers continue to subsidize these companies with bargain-basement royalty and […]

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July 12, 2017 by

ICYMI: Utah Republican legislators caught bashing Trump/Zinke efforts

Emails reveal Utah legislative leaders bashing Secretary Zinke, opposing executive action, and letting special interests write legislation Email correspondence (available here and here) obtained by the Western Values Project (WVP) reveals that behind […]

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