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October 20, 2020 by

Trump, Exxon Have Teamed Up to Exploit Public Lands

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that fossil fuel corporations like Exxon would be willing to give him large campaign contributions in exchange for federal government drilling permits follows a long love affair between the president and the company.  

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October 19, 2020 by

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Montana Judge Rules Trump’s Illegal Land Manager’s Decisions are Invalid

Late last Friday, a district judge ruled William Perry Pendley’s decisions as acting Bureau of Land Management director in Montana were invalid. Pendley has served unlawfully as the acting BLM director for 424 days despite him and the rest of the Department of Interior knowing his succession was illegal. In response to this ruling, Western Values Project Director Jayson O’Neill issued the following statement: 

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October 16, 2020 by

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Senator Mike Lee’s Constitution is Same Version Domestic Terrorist Extremist Militia Groups Use

The HuffPost exposed the twisted and warped annotated version of the pocket Constitution Utah Senator Mike Lee held up in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing during the first day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court hearing yesterday. Astoundingly, it’s not America’s Constitution, it is an annotated version used by anti-American domestic terrorist militia groups known as the Skousen Constitution. More troubling may be the fact that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett didn’t bat an eye in the hearing, and she had referenced this extremist version of the Constitution in a previous speech. 

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October 16, 2020 by

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Trump Denies Relief Funds for California Devastated by Wildfires

CNN is reporting today that Trump has rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds following the record-breaking destructive wildfires. Western Values Project’s research has found that President Trump has repeatedly cut federal funding dedicated to preventing and mitigating the spread of wildfires. 

The report shows that Trump has often rebuked experts within his administration and withheld funding for political reasons. And he’s blamed state officials in an attempt to shirk responsibility – even though most of the fires are occurring on federal lands – all while padding the pockets of logging companies.  

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October 12, 2020 by

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a Reminder of Trump’s Disastrous Record and Land Manager’s Overt Racism

Critical legal cases and rulings that impact Indigenous peoples’ rights, tribal sovereignty and their lands could also take a dark turn if Trump places corporate activist Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the nation’s top judicial court. Barrett is a professed disciple of the late Justice Scalia. The former justice sided against Tribal interests 86% of the time, according to an analysis by the Native American Rights Fund.

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October 7, 2020 by

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Full Remarks from House Subcommittee Hearing on Royalty Rate Cuts for Oil and Gas Corporations 

Today, Western Values Project Director Jayson O’Neill testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources’ virtual hearing: Interior’s Royalty Cuts: Thoughtful Policy or Industry Giveaway? The hearing focused on the public costs and lack of public benefits of the royalty cuts the Trump administration has offered oil and gas drillers operating on public lands during the coronavirus pandemic 

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October 6, 2020 by

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TODAY: Western Values Project to Join House Natural Resources Hearing on Royalty Cuts

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is holding a virtual hearing: Interior’s Royalty Cuts: Thoughtful Policy or Industry Giveaway? The hearing will focus on the public costs and lack of public benefits of the royalty cuts the Trump administration has offered oil and gas drillers operating on public lands during the coronavirus pandemic. Western Values Project published a detailed report on the program prior to the hearing. 

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October 6, 2020 by

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Court Denies Corrupt Decision by Trump Admin That Delayed Tribal Relief Funds

Last year, the top three Alaska Native Corporations (ANC) — two of which are either a former employer or a current client of the Sweeneys — have gross revenues in the billions. In just the past year, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation took in $3.7 billion in gross revenues, Bristol Bay Regional Corporation grossed $1.7 billion, and NANA took in $1.6 billion according to new reporting by Indian News Today. 

Many of the same ANCs that the Trump administration tried to deem eligible for tribal nation government funds received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.  

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October 2, 2020 by

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Oil Company with Millions in Unpaid Taxes Awarded Bailout by Trump Administration

The Bureau of Land Management has once again provided a bailout to a Big Oil corporation in deep financial trouble. Reporting in the Buffalo Bulletin, based in part on Western Values Project’s research, found that the bureau awarded US Realm Powder River a staggering 96% discount on 23 federal leases in Wyoming despite owing some $4 million in unpaid federal royalties and failing to pay local taxes for the last three years.  

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October 1, 2020 by

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REPORT: As Wildfire Season Rages On, Trump Has Repeatedly Slashed Fire Management Budgets and Made the Problem Worse

As wildfires have raged across Western states in recent weeks amidst another record-breaking wildfire season that is destroying lives and communities, new research released by Western Values Project finds President Trump has repeatedly cut federal funding dedicated to preventing and mitigating the spread of wildfires. He has often rebuked experts within his administration and withheld funding for political reasons. And Trump blamed state officials to try to shirk responsibility – even though most of the fires are occurring on federal lands – while padding the pockets of logging companies.

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