House sends 'holy grail' conservation legislation to Trump

Electoral politics likely played a role in drawing support on the House and Senate sides.
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Senior Interior official broke ethics rules a 2nd time, watchdog says

An assistant secretary at the department used his position to help a family member get a job at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an internal government investigation.


Climate change on front burner after 8 years of GOP rule

For the first time in years, the House will hold two congressional hearings on fighting climate change this week, breaking with the skepticism that prevailed during the past eight years of GOP leadership.

Leading contenders emerge to replace Zinke as Interior secretary

President Trump said he plans to announce this week his pick to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who will be leaving the administration at the end of the year.


How Raúl Grijalva could transform the House Committee on Natural Resources

The Democratic congressman will soon be able to reverse much of the anti-conservation legacy that his predecessor leaves behind.

Environmental group condemns GOP panel's foreign agent probe

An environmental group has denounced a House oversight committee for suggesting the organization's efforts to block construction of a U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa may require it to register as foreign agent.

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Inside Utah's anti-public lands agenda

New documents obtained by Pacific Standard show the scope of Utah's efforts to roll back key protections for public lands across the country.

Republicans accelerate efforts to overhaul Endangered Species Act

Republicans are moving full speed ahead with their goal of overhauling the Endangered Species Act, with legislation that would mark the biggest changes to the landmark law in decades.


Puerto Rico governor skips House hearing on island’s electric utility

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló declined an invitation to testify at a Wednesday House hearing on the island’s electric utility, dismissing it as a “political exercise.”

Ryan Zinke is sabotaging our best public lands program

The secretary of the interior was once a loud supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now he wants to almost completely defund it.

Expect environmental battles to be ‘even more significant’ in 2018

The Trump administration offered grand pronouncements about environmental deregulation in 2017. But this is the year to hammer out the details.
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Powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close

For decades, Rep. Rob Bishop has wanted to undo the law. Under Trump, victory is within his grasp.
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Two things to be thankful for...

2020 is almost gone. And we are lucky to have prescient environmental reporters.

Major oil and gas companies join program to cut methane emissions

62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.

Q&A: A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting youth of color into nature

"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."

Agents of Change: New fellows seek to reimagine science communication

Breaking through the echo chamber with new voices grounded in science, community, and equity.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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