Interior Invests $1.6 Billion in Parks, Preserves, and Indigenous Schools

Interior Invests $1.6 Billion in Parks, Preserves, and Indigenous Schools

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Department of the Interior announced Friday that it will use funds allocated by a conservation bill passed last year to fund 165 national park improvement projects that will create nearly 19,000 jobs.  The Biden administration has pledged to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030, but accomplishing that means completing deferred maintenance […]

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Green Groups Urge Haaland to Reject Drilling in the Everglades

Green Groups Urge Haaland to Reject Drilling in the Everglades

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Tuesday, a coalition of conservation organizations signed a letter to the Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland, urging her to deny Burnett Oil Company’s requests to drill for oil in Big Cypress National Preserve which is a part of the Greater Everglades.  “The proposed oil extraction activities would be […]

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House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Nearly 3 million acres of federal land could gain new protections after the House of Representatives passed a major conservation bill last Friday. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, rolls together eight bills previously introduced. If passed in the Senate, it would: Designate 1.5 […]

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Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, faced a grueling Senate confirmation hearing. As secretary, Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to hold a cabinet position, yet even before she had a chance to answer senators’ questions, a handful of Republican members expressed concern over her “radical” views and […]

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One Goopy Thing: Oil State Senators Vow to Block Haaland Nomination

One Goopy Thing: Oil State Senators Vow to Block Haaland Nomination

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) is President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior and if confirmed, she would become the first Indigenous person to serve in the cabinet. Haaland has been a steadfast champion of conservation and environmental justice in the House, from opposing mining in national forests to supporting the protection of 30% of […]

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Biden’s Climate Dream Team Announced

Biden’s Climate Dream Team Announced

Yesterday President-elect Joe Biden announced key nominations and appointments of his climate team: Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior Governor Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy Michael Regan, EPA Administrator Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, Deputy National Climate Advisor A team that AP […]

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