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BLM to expand on public lands solar zone success near Las Vegas

Alex Thompson

The Bureau of Land Management is moving ahead with plans to expand the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, a low-conflict zone for solar development outside Las Vegas, Nevada that was esta


House Farm Bill to gut environmental protections for national forests

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society released the following statement from National Forest Defense Campaign Manager, Megan Birzell:

This lobbyist could become EPA chief soon – and he may be worse than Pruitt

Andrew Wheeler, who spent his career representing polluters, could be next in line if Pruitt is pushed out.


Trump’s “One Federal” plan for infrastructure is a “Zero” for Americans

Michael Reinemer

Nada Culver, Senior Counsel at The Wilderness Society, said:

Pruitt has made environmental injustice the norm at EPA: 5 shocking examples

The EPA chief’s slash-and-burn policies are punishing our most vulnerable Americans.


Court grants industry request to block the rule that prevents methane waste

Michael Reinemer

The oil and gas industry and several states sued over the rule several years ago, and the same court rejected their initial attempt to block it.  After two unsuccessful efforts by the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to suspend (or “stay”) the Waste P


Public outrage stops shameful increase to national park entrance fees

Michael Reinemer

News reports suggest the Trump administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are backing away from their original plan to nearly triple entrance fees at 17 national parks for the peak season.

From past 31 days, the 17 most misguided comments & actions by In(f)erior Sec. Ryan Zinke

Michael Reinemer

Zinke blames veterans, people with disabilities, old people for increase in park fees.

Clean energy boom played key role in recent US carbon emissions drop, study shows

Wind, solar and other clean energy development held their own against natural gas, accounting for nearly one-third of emissions reductions 2007 – 2013.


In case you missed it: Lead levels once deemed “safe” may cause cardiovascular death in adults

It’s a wakeup call for policymakers: America’s continuing lead problem must be addressed.