Tag: Interior Department

Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration violated federal law by failing to adequately take into account the climate change impact of leasing public land for oil gas drilling in Wyoming, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. But the decision by the United […]

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Trump Administration Loosens Sage Grouse Protections, Benefiting Oil Companies

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized its plan to loosen Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that roams across 10 oil-rich Western states. The plan, which would strip away protections for […]

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A Landscape Lewis and Clark Would Recognize Is Now Under Threat

The Northern Rockies are surely near the top of the list of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its ranges contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity left in the continental United States, including most of the species that were there when Lewis and Clark first passed through in 1805 on their journey of […]

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Gray Wolves May Lose Endangered Status and Protections

HELENA, Mont. — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to strip endangered species protections from the gray wolf populations in the Lower 48 states, citing significant increases in their numbers across much of the nation. The decision, announced on Wednesday by David Bernhardt, the acting secretary of the Interior Department, is likely to set off another […]

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Trump Announces Fourth of July ‘Salute to America’ at the Lincoln Memorial

President Trump has talked for years about hosting a patriotic parade in Washington, and on Sunday he announced that something of the sort would take place in a Fourth of July “gathering” at the Lincoln Memorial. “HOLD THE DATE!” Mr. Trump said in a tweet about the event, which he said would be called “A […]

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Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — As a lobbyist and lawyer, David Bernhardt fought for years on behalf of a group of California farmers to weaken Endangered Species Act protections for a finger-size fish, the delta smelt, to gain access to irrigation water. As […]

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Tests for Oil in Arctic Refuge Won’t Happen This Winter, Officials Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. A plan to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas exploration across a large swath of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska has been shelved for this winter, Interior Department officials have said. The announcement signals at least a […]

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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps. In a message […]

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From Parks to Airports, How a Shutdown Would Affect Federal Agencies

Art Del Cueto wants the wall, but he also needs a paycheck. Border Patrol agents like Mr. Del Cueto — in the crossfire of the government shutdown fight over President Trump’s demand for a border wall — are preparing to work without pay if the government shuts down Friday night. “It’s nerve-racking,” said Mr. Del […]

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Interior Dept. Moves Toward Selling Oil Leases in Arctic Refuge

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The Interior Department on Thursday took a key step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in a pristine wildlife refuge in Arctic Alaska, putting forth proposals it said would protect the animals there but that would end decades of environmental […]

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Ryan Zinke’s Legal Troubles Are Far From Over

Ryan Zinke’s time in the Trump cabinet is ending, but his legal troubles are likely far from over. When Mr. Zinke was forced to resign as interior secretary on Saturday, he joined a line of officials who have left the Trump administration under a cloud of ethics inquiries. But the investigations into Mr. Zinke’s actions […]

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Zinke’s Likely Successor Is a Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy

WASHINGTON — With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke departing at the end of the year, the agency will likely be run, at least for a time, by its deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who has played a central role in enacting President Trump’s agenda of rolling back conservation measures and opening up public […]

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Ryan Zinke, Into the Sunset

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department, is the second devoted cheerleader for President Trump’s ill-conceived strategy of “energy dominance” to be ushered out the door. The first was Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Like Mr. Pruitt, Mr. Zinke leaves under a cloud of possible ethical violations. Also like Mr. […]

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Ryan Zinke, Face of Trump Environmental Rollbacks, Is Leaving Interior Department

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department and a key figure in the president’s sweeping plan to reshape the nation’s environmental framework, will leave his post at the end of the year, President Trump said on Saturday. Mr. Zinke’s departure comes amid numerous ethics investigations into his business dealings, travel and policy decisions. “Secretary […]

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Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird that roams across nearly 11 million acres in 10 oil-rich Western […]

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Interior Secretary Unleashes Extraordinary Attack on Democratic Lawmaker

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accused a high-ranking House Democrat on Friday of paying “hush money” to cover up excessive drinking and a hostile work environment after the lawmaker wrote an op-ed calling for the secretary to resign. The statement by Mr. Zinke, a former Republican House member, was an extraordinary breach of the […]

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Interior Department Watchdog Clears Zinke of Wrongdoing in National Monument Probe

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A government watchdog agency has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing following a probe into whether he redrew the boundaries of a national monument in Utah to avoid the nearby land holdings of a Republican state lawmaker […]

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Energy Speculators Jump on Chance to Lease Public Land at Bargain Rates

MILES CITY, Mont. — Robert B. Price, the chief executive of a London-based oil and gas company, came up with a creative tactic to grab bargain drilling rights to a sprawling piece of federal land here in eastern Montana — each acre for less than the price of a cup of coffee. He first asked […]

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A Trump Win for the Environment? Maybe

ImageCreditCathryn Virginia Into the bleak landscape that is the Trump administration’s environmental record comes a new report — from the government’s own analysts — that lays out in the grimmest terms yet the consequences of continued inaction on climate change. The National Climate Assessment, issued on Friday when most Americans’ attention was on shopping, football […]

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Ryan Zinke, Trump’s Interior Secretary, Faces Increased Ethics Scrutiny

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department and a key figure in President Trump’s push to roll back environmental regulations and ramp up oil drilling, is facing increased scrutiny amid federal investigations into allegations that he abused […]

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