‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands To Begin

Conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic legislators, and even a UN expert decry this “serious attack on indigenous peoples’ rights.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams Despite protests from conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic lawmakers, and even the United Nations’ expert on indigenous rights, at 6am on Friday the Trump administration will allow citizens and companies to start staking …

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Trump: I ‘Didn’t Care’ About Arctic Drilling Until My Big Oil Friend Said I Should

“It’s a sickening display of how easily the president is swayed into supporting something that will likely benefit his friends at the expense of the public.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams If President Donald Trump’s own account is to be believed, he “really didn’t care” about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife …

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GOP to Use CRA to Threaten Public Input for BLM Land Planning

The American Public is fortunate to own millions of acres of incredible public lands, many of which are overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). We all have a say in how these lands are managed through the ability to participate in a public process to develop land use plans. Last year, the BLM established …

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Speaker Ryan Announces GOP’s First CRA Repeal—DOI’s Stream Protection Rule

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) signed H.J. Res. 38, a joint resolution disapproving the Department of Interior’s stream protection rule under the Congressional Review Act. The House passed this CRA on Wednesday and the Senate followed suit on Thursday. Speaker Ryan released the following statement: “This is the first repeal of President Obama’s policies …

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Advocacy: Tell Congress to Strengthen National Ocean Fish Law, Not Break It

A major threat to our nation’s fishing stocks is growing as Congress begins the process of reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. This Act, the principal law governing U.S. fishery management, has helped 34 fish populations recover from overfishing since 2000—bringing sustainable jobs to coastal communities. Sadly, not everyone likes strong regulations. Many …

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Oil Corrupts and It’s All About the Money

DeSmogBlog investigates the controversial decision by Alberta’s government to ignore the threat of rapid industrial expansion in the Alberta Tar Sands region, and instead kill thousands of wolves to appear to be doing something to save dwindling woodland caribou populations. Through interviews with scientists, wildlife experts and a First Nations chief, the myth of Canada’s …

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Can Rep. Amodei Read? Is he Functionally Illiterate?

On 4/5/2012 I wrote to Rep. Mark Amodei in opposition laying out my reasoning why he should OPPOSE passage of H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012: Dear Rep. Mark Amodei: I OPPOSE PASSAGE of H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012. This bill would ensure the continued lead poisoning of bald eagles, …

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