Defending public lands by exposing special interest influence on key decisions affecting their future.

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Western Values Project, a project of Accountable.US, defends America’s public lands by exposing special interest influence on policymakers who are charged with making key decisions affecting their future. We fight to make sure elected leaders put Western values first through research, public education, and by working together with small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and sportsmen and sportswomen.

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Good news and bad news

First, the bad news: President Trump’s administration has been the most devastating for climate, conservation, and public lands in the history of our country. Not only that, but he is now using the lame-duck period to do as much damage as possible on his way out the door.

News Releases

December 22, 2020 by

Trump Admin Exploits Pandemic in Order to Fast-Track Damaging Projects 

A recent New York Times story found that the Trump administration is rushing to approve several controversial special interest projects, despite opposition from local and Indigenous communities. New research conducted by Western Values Project shows how the Trump administration is using the coronavirus pandemic in order to fast-track long-desired special interest projects, some with direct ties to officials within the administration. 

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December 17, 2020 by

Biden’s New Interior Department Nominee Poised to Clean Up Trump Administration’s Toxic Legacy  

U.S. Representative Deb Haaland has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the 54th secretary of the Interior. New Mexico Congresswoman Haaland is an historic pick who is extremely qualified to lead the Interior Department with a diverse coalition of support backing her nomination. She would be the first Native American to lead the Interior Department and to serve in a presidential Cabinet if confirmed by the Senate.

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