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Drain the swamp: Trump puts assorted foxes in charge of government henhouse (What could go wrong?)

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to […]

October 13th

Why did the Fed Interior Dept misuse $84 million for California Delta Tunnels planning?

A federal audit has determined that the U.S. Department of Interior improperly used $84 million in federal taxpayer’s money in the planning process for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. By Dan Bacher Mary Kendall, the deputy federal inspector general for the U.S. Department of Interior, today issued a 42 page report detailing the misuse of the […]

September 8th

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

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

July 21st

GOP: eliminate 10 national monuments & shrink 13 more

As the nation prepared for the holiday weekend last Friday, 17 tea party Republicans—members of the Congressional Western Caucus—sent a letter to secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke asking that he downsize or eliminate 27 national monuments across the western United States. By Meteor Blades  Although the Western Caucus is theoretically open to anyone in Congress, all 70 members […]

July 7th

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

Action alert: Tell Secretary Salazar not to trash Joshua Tree

(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 […]

February 24th

Bush Rule De-Protecting Wilderness Gets Scrubbed

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. […]

December 23rd

Interior Sued to Obtain Oil Royalty Revenue Information

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.

June 10th