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National Monuments support local economies (a lot more than mining and drilling)

United States national monuments are a cherished aspect of American heritage, and a key contributor to local economies. National monuments attract visitors, support jobs, and drive economic growth in communities across the country. Rural and remote economies in particular benefit from proximity to national monuments. Rescinding national monument designations, as President Trump is considering, would […]

September 1st

Evangelical Environmental Network calls Trump’s threat to public lands “reckless and unprecedented”

On April 26, 2017, President Trump ordered Secretary Zinke and the Department of Interior to review National Monuments on Public Lands claiming there should be more public input on monument designations. The majority of Americans want to leave land and parks alone. This year, over 225,000 people in the EEN community called on Congress to […]

August 25th

Trump admin may be planning 90% cut to Bears Ears National Monument

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke handed over his recommendations for changing national monuments to Pr*sident Donald Trump Thursday afternoon. The secretary announced that none of the 27 national monuments he reviewed would be rescinded, and only a “handful” would be reduced in acreage. This would allow mining and other activities prohibited by the national monument status. […]

August 25th

National Monuments Review by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – Full Executive Summary

REPORT SUMMARY OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS REVIEW BY U.S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR RYAN ZINKE In 1906, Congress delegated to the President the power to designate a monument under the Antiquities Act (Act).  The Act authorizes the President singular authority to designate national monuments without public comment, environmental review, or further consent of Congress.  Given this […]

August 24th

Native and fishing groups take Jerry Brown to court to block water-stealing Delta Tunnels

A California Indian Tribe, two fishing groups, and two environmental organizations have joined a growing number of organizations, cities and counties suing the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations to block the construction of the water-stealing Delta Tunnels. By Dan Bacher  The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Pacific Coast […]

August 23rd

Delta Tunnels project slammed by an avalanche of lawsuits

An avalanche of lawsuits against Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump’s Delta Tunnels project has hit the courts. Today a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit against the Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, in Sacramento Superior Court. By Dan Bacher  The groups include the AquAlliance, California […]

August 22nd

EPA: 20% of US exposed to unsafe drinking water

A team of young reporters from News21 has added flesh to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency that concluded 63 million people in the United States have been exposed to potentially contaminated drinking water over the past 10 years. By Meteor Blades  No surprise that large numbers of the 680,000 violations of safe drinking water rules […]

August 22nd

DNC Chair Perez blasts Trump for breaking government promises to American Indians

Since long before the founding of the Republic, the settler populations from the Puritans onward did their best to wipe out the indigenous peoples of what is now the United States. By Meteor Blades  The vast majority of American Indians—likely in their millions—were killed by European-brought diseases. But public policy, spoken and written, was predicated on extermination, sometimes […]

August 10th