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Zinke’s Legacy At Interior: Reorganization And Streamlining Department, Agencies

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepares to exit at the end of the year, and candidates for his replacement are in the mix to be announced before the Christmas holiday, Western Wire takes a look at some of the key policies he advanced that will likely continue under the next head of […]

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Western Officials Praise WOTUS Rule Revision For Alleviating Burdens On Farmers

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — The Trump administration moved to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule under the Clean Water Act that Western elected officials hailed as fairer for farmers, ranchers and landowners. The announcement came Tuesday as Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler released details the agency […]

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Montana lawmakers call out misleading wilderness poll

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — “The only poll I care about is what folks in impacted communities want,” Gianforte told Montana Public Radio. “And I’ve heard clearly from county commissioners, local officials, members of impacted communities, the entire Montana state Legislature, which passed a resolution that support the measures I’ve introduced to increase […]

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Calls For RFS Reform As Ethanol Battle Continues

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — The Renewable Fuel Standard had its day at the White House, with President Trump hearing from ethanol supporters on policies to ease the expanded use of the fuels, and opponents calling for reform and even an end to mandate they say hurts consumers and does little to help […]

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Outsourcing Government: How Deep-Pocketed Philanthropies Are Pushing Climate Policy In State Governments

National elites in climate research, philanthropy, activism, and the private sector joined elected officials in Denver last week at the posh Four Seasons, a five-star high-rise hotel to strategize how to carry on a climate agenda without taxpayer dollars. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy led a ‘Who’s Who’ of former administration policy […]

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Interior Determines Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take of Birds

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — A Wyoming representative leading the effort to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, along with solar and oil and gas trade associations, applauded the Department of Interior decision to clarify conflicting interpretations of the law for incidental “takings” and decriminalize accidental bird deaths Friday. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), […]

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Lawmaker Calls For Washington Police Chief’s Ouster After Siding With Environmental Protesters

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — A Washington State lawmaker has called for the firing of Olympia’s police chief, following statements made by the law enforcement official in 2016 in relation to protests over supply chain shipments of materials used in oil and gas production in the West. For the second year, protesters blockading […]