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October 2, 2020 by

Oil and gas sitting good

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

Climate Change is Real

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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September 29, 2020 by

Chaco National Park

Environmental Protections Could Be in Danger With Trump’s SCOTUS Pick  

President Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Since Barrett has only been a federal judge since 2017, not much is known yet about her environmental record. But from her views on corporations to women’s reproductive rights and health care, it’s fair to call her a devotee of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked in the late 1990s — far from a pro-environmental champion. 

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September 29, 2020 by

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley

Trump’s Interior to Needlessly Appeal Illegal Land Manager’s Ousting

Late last week, a federal judge in Montana clearly rebuked nearly four years of Trump’s temporary acting official’s legal charade that could have major implications across the administration. The judge removed Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William Perry Pendley’s authority and indicated that actions under his reign could be voided.  

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September 25, 2020 by

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley

Court Rejects Trump’s Public Lands Managers Illegal Tenure; Avoids All Actions

One day was too long for an extremist like Pendley at the helm of America’s public lands and natural resources. It’s been four years of the Trump administration and corrupt Interior Secretary Bernhardt violating the law and ignoring the Constitution. While it’s a strong affirmation of the rule of law, it’s truly disappointing to see the majority in the U.S. Senate stand idly by as this administration flaunts it.

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September 25, 2020 by

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley

New Polling Reveals Constitutional Conundrum for Key Senators Over Trump’s Former Top Land Manager

Voters in Six States Resoundingly Reject Acting Public Lands Manager Pendley’s Illegal Tenure New polling commissioned by Western Values Project, an Accountable.US project focused on public lands accountability, found that voters across six […]

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September 25, 2020 by

Tongass National Forest

Alaska Tongass Logging Expansion Born Out Of Trump’s Political Swamp

This decision was born out of the same corruption and cronyism that has dominated the Trump administration from the start. The revolving door, shady lobbyists, and disregard for the wishes of Alaskans and Indigenous communities are everything that’s wrong with how President Trump has managed our nation’s public lands and forests.

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September 25, 2020 by

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing On The Nomination Of David Bernhardt For Interior Secretary

The Trump Administration’s Four Years of Attacks On Our Public Lands

Over the past four years, the Trump administration has unilaterally ushered in the largest reductions to public lands protections and scrapped the largest habitat protection agreement in history, discredited science and climate science, issued countless rollbacks to bedrock environmental protections for corporate special interests, and repeatedly run afoul of the law.

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September 24, 2020 by

Six State Public Lands Polling Results

Full Results Of Public Policy Polling Commissioned By Western Values Project, An Accountable.US Project: Memo: Majority of Montana Voters Disapprove of Installment of Pendley as Acting Director of Bureau of […]

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September 17, 2020 by

Glacier Park Fire

Trump’s Climate Denial Is Costing Lives

Trump’s latest comments regarding science, climate change, and the raging fires across the West exemplify the apathetic ignorance of his administration whose obsession with the polluting fossil fuel industry is only making it worse. President Trump’s outlandish comments underline the administration’s climate denial policy objectives that started the day after the 2016 election when Trump implored swamp creatures like corrupt former lobbyist David Bernhardt to assist with the transition.

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