450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In an open letter, 450 elected officials from all around the U.S. support President Biden’s Executive Order action this week to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The officials hope that the president will lead a swift and aggressive campaign to combat global warming and the […]

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Could A Democratic Win Mean the First Indigenous Secretary of Interior?

Could A Democratic Win Mean the First Indigenous Secretary of Interior?

By Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The Department of the Interior houses the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education, but it has never been led by a Native American. Over the course of its 170-year history, the relationship between the government and the 578 federally recognized Indian tribes it manages has been fraught. “We […]

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Trump Jr. Says the President Slashed Bears Ears Monument So The Public Could Access It

Trump Jr. Says the President Slashed Bears Ears Monument So The Public Could Access It

Donald Trump Jr. in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend argued that by drastically reducing the size of Bear’s Ears monument his father was giving the public MORE access to public lands. The Tribune pointed out that Obama and Biden had “originally designated the Bears Ears area in southeastern Utah as a national monument, protecting 1.35 million acres from development” and that President Trump had ” at the behest of Utah’s elected Republican leaders, slashed the monument’s acreage by 85%…”

 

Why This Matters: Clearly Trump Jr. does not understand what a monument is and who it benefits — or he is just not telling the truth.

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Exclusive Interview with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva

Exclusive Interview with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva

Since Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, climate change and conservation are finally back on the agenda in Congress. As our last interview of Earth Week, we wanted to chat with the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, about his priorities for the committee and how his party can […]

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Protecting Roosevelt’s legacy from climate change

Protecting Roosevelt’s legacy from climate change

As you’ve read above, the creation of our national parks and public lands was a serious feat but ensuring their health and vibrancy over the long term requires a sustained effort. While the Trump administration has moved to open up public lands to oil and gas drilling and logging, they’re also refused to acknowledge climate […]

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