Tag: Interior Department

Utah Continues Its Assault on Federal Lands

On television, the state of Utah eagerly promotes the magnificence of its five national parks. “This is life elevated,” the narrator intones in one of the state’s many tourism commercials. “Five iconic parks. One epic experience.” But off screen, state and federal lawmakers from Utah have worked aggressively to dismantle protections for millions of acres […]

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Interior Dept. Loosens Offshore-Drilling Safety Rules Dating From Deepwater Horizon

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to unveil its rollback of a major offshore-drilling safety regulation, significantly weakening an Obama-era rule that was put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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Manuel Luján Jr., Ex-Congressman and Interior Secretary, Dies at 90

Manuel Luján Jr., a former 10-term Republican congressman from New Mexico and a secretary of the interior whose efforts to balance development and conservation of federal lands often left him at loggerheads with environmentalists, died on Thursday night at his home in Albuquerque. He was 90. A granddaughter, Amy Everett, confirmed the death. In a […]

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Interior Department Launches Investigation of Potential Ethics Violations Among Staff

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior’s inspector general has launched a new investigation into one or more political appointees at the agency, a move it described as a “related investigation” to a federal probe into the ethics practices of […]

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Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A federal judge late Friday delivered a significant setback to the Trump administration’s policy of promoting coal, ruling that the Interior Department acted illegally when it sought to lift an Obama-era moratorium on coal mining on public lands. […]

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An Inside Job at Interior

Last Thursday, the Senate voted 56-to-41 to confirm David Bernhardt, President Trump’s pick for secretary of the interior. Four days later, the department’s inspector general opened an ethics investigation into the new chief for potential “conflict of interest and other violations.” Even by the standards of the ethically elastic Trump administration, this is impressive. A […]

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Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt. Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, was confirmed by the Senate last week […]

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Senate Confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary Amid Calls for Investigations Into His Conduct

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, as secretary of the interior. The confirmation of Mr. Bernhardt to his new post coincided with calls from more than […]

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Trump’s Pick for Interior Dept. Continued Lobbying After Officially Vowing to Stop, New Files Indicate

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A previously unreleased invoice indicates that David Bernhardt, President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department, continued to lobby for a major client several months after he filed official papers saying that he had ended his lobbying activities. […]

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A Key to the Arctic’s Oil Riches Lies Hidden in Ohio

ANCHORAGE — Working through two winters in the biting Arctic cold, roustabouts bored three miles deep into the coastal plain of northeast Alaska in search of oil. In the spring of 1986, they packed up and left, uttering not a word about what they had found and leaving only a short section of steel pipe […]

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David Bernhardt, Former Oil Lobbyist and Trump’s Pick to Lead Interior Dept., Faces Senate Panel

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department — David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who has been accused of conflicts of interest — faced questioning Thursday from senators who must decide whether he is the right person […]

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Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species

WASHINGTON — After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds of endangered species, like the kit fox and the seaside sparrow. “Woohoo!” Patrice Ashfield, then a branch chief at […]

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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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