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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News Releases

October 29, 2020 by

Grand Canyon National Park

Trump’s Illegal Land Manager Saga Puts Public Lands At Risk 

ate last week, The Hill reported on the illegal tenure of William Perry Pendley as acting Bureau of Land Management director. Pendley is defiantly continuing in his role after unlawfully serving as the acting BLM director for 424 days despite Interior officials knowing his succession was illegal and a Montana judge ruling it was both illegal and unconstitutional. Environmental groups recently filed a lawsuit against the Bureau to overturn an oil and gas favored Colorado land-use plan that was approved under Pendley’s unlawful tenure.  

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October 28, 2020 by

The Corrupt Trump Administration Continues to Axes Public Land and Wildlife Protections for Special Interests

A Guardian article published earlier this week reveals the full extent of the corrupt Trump administration’s assault on America’s cherished public lands and wild places. Trump’s efforts to undermine our pristine and sacred public lands began on day one when he assembled the ultimate swamp team lead by former mega-lobbyist David Bernhardt that continues to this day.

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October 28, 2020 by

Tongass National Forest

Tongass Decision Cements Trump’s Legacy As Worst Public Lands President In History

This decision cemented Trump’s legacy as the worst public lands president in U.S. history, period. The list of destructive decisions by this administration is long, but between illegally eviscerating America’s national monuments to now opening the Tongass to industrial logging, no other president has unilaterally removed more protections for America’s cherished public lands than Trump. This is truly a reflection of the corrupt special interest influence driving decisions within Trump’s administration that are not only wrong but also wildly outside of what Americans want and value.

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October 27, 2020 by

oil field and pump jack with sunset

Extractive Corporations’ Lack of Diversity Leads to Harmful Effects  

New research from Western Values Project found that less than 1% of the extractive resource corporations that were awarded relief through the Trump administration’s flawed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were owned by people of color. In addition to communities of color being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Big Oil continues to poison and take advantage of them.  

“The same Big Oil and extractive corporations owned by wealthy white men who are fueling Trump’s re-election campaign siphoned off relief funds meant for struggling small businesses while Black and minority neighborhoods bore the brunt of front-line impacts from the sector’s toxic pollution. The Trump administration’s failed pandemic response has only exacerbated the situation,” said Western Values Project Deputy Press Secretary Aliyah Rich. “The extractive resource sector has a serious lack of diversity in leadership positions and is overwhelmingly dominated by white men, leaving little to no room to make informed decisions about the marginalized communities these companies overwhelmingly harm with their activities.”

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October 22, 2020 by

Big Oil’s Big Methane Problem Could Go Unchecked With Amy Coney Barrett on SCOTUS 

On Tuesday, Accountable.US’s Western Values Project director Jayson O’Neill joined the This Green Earth syndicated broadcast to discuss the latest ruling by a district judge on the commonsense Methane Waste Prevention Rule. Under the corporate activist judge’s ruling, methane natural gas — one of the most destructive greenhouse gases that is 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period — is again unregulated and being wastefully flared and vented by oil and gas corporations with impunity.  

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