By Meteor Blades “Rising from the center of the southeastern Utah landscape and visible from every direction are twin buttes so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their name is the same: Hoon’Naqvut, Shash Jáa, Kwiyagatu Nukavachi, Ansh An Lashokdiwe, or ‘Bears Ears.’ For hundreds of generations, native peoples lived in the […]
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For the first time in memory, President Obama has appointed an environmentalist – REI’s Sally Jewell – to head the Interior Department. For as long as I can remember, whether Democrats or Republicans have been in power, the Department of the Interior has been pretty much owned by the extraction industries it’s supposed to regulate. With […]
Natural gas fracking is spreading wildly, with very little oversight – especially in states like Pennsylvania, which was pretty much bought outright by the energy industry in the 2010 election. Now, President Obama appears to be making moves to take up some of that slack. He signed an executive order today that sets up a […]
After 5 hours of deliberation today, a Salt Lake City jury found eco-activist Tim DeChristopher guilty of two felonies for “disrupting” a federal gas-lease auction. He could face 10 years in prison when he is sentenced later. “Tim has shown the power of civil disobedience to shine a light,” said Bill McKibben. “The government should […]
(From Working Assets’ Credo Action) Developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park. The proposed Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of federal land, bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree’s unique beauty, and fragile ecosystem. The proposal by developers Kaiser Ventures has been struck […]
Only in the Bush administration could you get a rule that basically says “The agency in charge of protecting wilderness… is NOT ALLOWED to protect wilderness.” And only in the Obama administration would it take two full years for that rule to get scrubbed. But the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finally did it today. […]
Is the U.S. Interior Department wrongly withholding information that will reveal whether taxpayers are being ripped off in a controversial oil and gas royalty program? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) see to think so, according to a lawsuit they filed today. Interior claims that disclosure of bidding and contracting information about its Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) sales would reveal oil company trade secrets.
A vocal opponent of the Bush administration’s push for oil shale development, Salazar, a former water lawyer spoke of the tremendous water and energy requirements to develop oil shale using current best practices.
Unfortunately for outgoing Interior Department Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, the $236,000 renovation of the Main Interior Building Executive Suite bathroom was finally completed just in time for Ken Salazar to move in.
We’ve suffered through too much of this cowboy politics crap (pun intended) to allow it to happen again.
Palin’s record is already dirty enough to warrant a trip to the free clinic, and that’s just as Governor! What is she capable of if elected as VP?
A major investigation of the Department of Interior has uncovered “a culture of ethical failure.” Over a dozen current and former employees are alleged to have violated policies including drug use, sexual relations between federal employees and oil company employees, rigging oil contracts, working part-time as oil consultants, and accepting gifts like golf and ski trips.