Western Values Project

Western Values Project brings accountability to the national conversation about Western public lands and national parks conservation – a space too often dominated by industry lobbyists and their allies in government.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, January 15, 2021
Trump Approves Sacred Land Swap for Foreign-Owned Mining Corporation—Silences Indigenous Voices
Today, the lame-duck Trump administration approved a controversial public land swap for foreign mining corporation Rio Tinto Ltd., paving the way for the corporation to move forward with its plan to develop a destructive copper mine under scared Native America lands that will create a nearly two-...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Former Oil Lobbyist-Turned Interior Secretary to Ignore Judges Ruling on Sage-Grouse Rollbacks
Earlier this week, Trump’s Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management indicated that the administration’s final sage-grouse habitat rollbacks done at the behest of Big Oil and Gas special interests are complete — despite a district judge’s order to provide further analysis and justification...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Bad Acting Big Oil Corporations Stockpiling Permits Before Trump Goes
A recent story in the Associated Press shows dozens of oil and gas corporations rushing to secure drilling permits before the Biden administration begins. Research from Western Values Project shows that companies boasting about combatting climate change racked up significant environmental...
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Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Trump Finalizes Industry Requested Rollbacks To Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Today, the Trump administration published its final rule to gut protections for migratory birds. The move finalizes major rollbacks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918 before the Biden administration comes into office. In response, Western Values Project Director Jayson O’Neill issued...
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Thursday, December 17, 2020
Biden’s New Interior Department Nominee Poised to Clean Up Trump Administration’s Toxic Legacy
U.S. Representative Deb Haaland has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the 54th secretary of the Interior. New Mexico Congresswoman Haaland is an historic pick who is extremely qualified to lead the Interior Department with a diverse coalition of support backing her nomination. She...
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Monday, November 30, 2020
Trump Weakens Migratory Bird Treaty Act for Special Interests
Late last week, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration published its final analysis of a rule to gut protections for migratory birds. The move paves the way for major rollbacks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918 before the Biden administration comes into office. The...
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Monday, November 23, 2020
Trump to Ease Sage Grouse Protections on Western Lands
The Associated Press recently reported President Trump’s plans to roll back essential protections for sage grouse. The plans are set to ease drilling and mining rules in greater sage grouse habitat and across several states of pristine public lands. Following Trump’s lame duck attack on public...
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Monday, November 16, 2020
Trump’s Controversial Anti-Public Lands Federal Reserve Pick to be Approved by Senate Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the lame-duck Senate will likely vote to confirm Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton. The move is seen as another desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shape the makeup of the board before leaving office. Shelton’s views on economic policy so are outdated...
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Big Oil’s Big Methane Problem Would Go Unchecked Under Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
On Tuesday, Accountable.US’s Western Values Project director Jayson O’Neill joined the This Green Earth syndicated broadcast to discuss the latest ruling by a District Judge on the commonsense Methane Waste Prevention Rule. Under the corporate activist judge’s ruling, methane natural gas -- one of...
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Trump’s Corrupt Interior Department Rewards Powerful Big Oil Lobby Group’s Wishes
In a breaking story today, the HuffPost released a wish list a Big Oil lobby group had sent to Trump’s Interior Department. The American Petroleum Institute (API) sent a letter to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Bernhardt asking for taxpayer-backed bailouts and a smorgasbord of other...
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