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Governor Bullock Rolls Out A Plan for Public Lands

Governor Bullock Rolls Out A Plan for Public Lands

Last Friday, in the midst of a snowstorm that dumped up to four feet of snow in some areas of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock announced the second major policy proposal of his Presidential campaign, a policy on public lands management and ownership.  Bullock’s plan has three main principles:  (1) tackling climate change; (2) honoring our heritage of public land ownership by restoring and increasing public lands; and (3) making sure that all Americans get a fair shot at enjoying the opportunities that public lands provide.

Why This Matters:  As a western governor whose state consists of some of the nation’s most beloved and beautiful national parks, Bullock is in a good position to speak to the issue of whether the federal government should own and should conserve (rather than develop) more land.

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Coal Towns Turn to Nature for Economic Revival

Coal Towns Turn to Nature for Economic Revival

  We’ve all read the headlines about economic depression in America’s coal country where unemployment rates are high as are rates of opioid mortality. However, despite this reality, residents of former mining towns are working diligently to reinvigorate their local economies. Most commonly we’ve heard of the promise of bringing green jobs to coal country […]

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President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

Twenty years ago, President Clinton put a large area of pristine Alaskan rain forest off-limits to logging, but President Trump is now apparently set to open parts of the 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest up again, according to The Washington Post.  The President spoke to Alaska’s Governor and then directed the Secretary of Agriculture, who manages national forest lands, to lift the restrictions on road building, which in effect banned logging and other development there.

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Trump Administration Takes Aim at the Bureau of Land Management

Trump Administration Takes Aim at the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a small federal agency but it manages 250 million acres of land around the country, much of it in the West, and recently the Trump Administration announced that it wants to move most of its employees from Washington, D.C. to Colorado and other Western states as part of […]

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Trump Administration Full Speed Ahead on Drilling and Mining In Alaska

Trump Administration Full Speed Ahead on Drilling and Mining In Alaska

The Trump Administration in recent days has moved to quickly walk back protections for pristine areas of Alaska, advancing projects to develop the Pebble Mine that threatens Bristol Bay and its billion-dollar salmon fishery and also oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) over the strenuous objections of Alaska native tribes and their corporations, local communities, fishers, tourism businesses, and environmental groups.  

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Two Large WY Coal Mines Close Abruptly Leaving Miners in the Dust

Two Large WY Coal Mines Close Abruptly Leaving Miners in the Dust

Last week, with no warning, Blackjewel LLC, which operates Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines — closed both which are the largest and most productive mines in Wyoming, because the United Bank of West Virginia denied Blackjewel financing, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy.  The 700 mine employees are now struggling to survive, with unresolved questions about the mess left behind, for both the people and the unreclaimed mining sites.

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Trump Administration Breathes New Life Into Alaska’s Pebble Mine

Trump Administration Breathes New Life Into Alaska’s Pebble Mine

The Trump Administration in 2017 had decided to continue the Obama Administration’s decision to block the highly controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska, but yesterday they reversed themselves and are now restarting a process that could result in the EPA lifting the Clean Water Act restrictions and letting the proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine move forward. 

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Mapping of Ocean Floor Accelerates

Mapping of Ocean Floor Accelerates

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has made the mapping of the entire ocean floor by 2030 its global mission. Since 2017, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has increased from 6 to 15 percent – equivalent to an additional 32,000,000 square kilometers, an area greater than the landmass of the entire African continent.

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Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

In an unanticipated plot twist, the Supreme Court’s most liberal and conservative Justices joined together and upheld a decades-old Virginia law banning uranium mining, and did so over the objection of the Trump Justice Department and three other Justices who now occupy the ideological center of the Court. 

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Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands. 

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Protecting the Grand Canyon from mining on its 100th anniversary

Protecting the Grand Canyon from mining on its 100th anniversary

Yesterday Grand Canyon National Park celebrated its 100th birthday. Fortune explained it best: “on Feb. 26, 1919, Congress passed legislation backed by President Woodrow Wilson recognizing the canyon as a national park. The natural wonder has become an American symbol and a space for visitors to connect with the raw outdoors. The scenic landscape holds […]

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Former Oil Industry Lobbyist Nominated To Lead Interior

Former Oil Industry Lobbyist Nominated To Lead Interior

The Trump Administration did the expected and yesterday nominated Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, a former oil industry lobbyist and the top lawyer at Interior under Bush ’43 to take the top slot and officially replace Ryan Zinke.  Most industry experts expect that he will continue to push for expanding oil and gas drilling, […]

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