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November 16, 2020 by

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Trump’s Controversial Anti-Public Lands Federal Reserve Pick to be Approved by Senate Tomorrow 

Tomorrow, the lame-duck Senate will likely vote to confirm Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton. The move is seen as another desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shape the makeup of the board before leaving office. Shelton’s views on economic policy so are outdated, controversial, and extreme that her nomination had been viewed as all but dead until Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski inexplicably flipped her position despite Shelton’s suggestion that America’s public assets, including our public lands, be sold off to pay down the national debt.  

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November 11, 2020 by

Greater Sage-Grouse

Congress Follows Trump Admin’s Lead With Sage Grouse Rider During Lame-Duck Session 

This week, E&E reported that federal wildlife officials’ hands would again be tied in their attempts to protect the iconic Western sage grouse. The sage grouse – a ground-dwelling bird known for its unique mating dance – is a critical indicator species that has seen protections rolled back, habitat evaporate, and population numbers plummet in the name of unchecked oil and gas development during the Trump administration. Congress is proposing an unnecessary appropriations bill rider that would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from assessing and providing additional protections for the birds’ habitat – home to 350-plus other species, including mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope.  

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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

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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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October 22, 2020 by

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Trump’s Corrupt Interior Department Rewards Powerful Big Oil Lobby Group’s Wishes

In a breaking story today, the HuffPost released a wish list a Big Oil lobby group had sent to Trump’s Interior Department. The American Petroleum Institute (API) sent a letter to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Bernhardt asking for taxpayer-backed bailouts and a smorgasbord of other requests.

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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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