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

Newswire article
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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Monday, October 19, 2020
Montana Judge Rules Trump’s Illegal Land Manager’s Decisions are Invalid
Late last Friday, a district judge ruled William Perry Pendley’s decisions as acting Bureau of Land Management director in Montana were invalid. Pendley has served unlawfully as the acting BLM director for 424 days despite him and the rest of the Department of Interior knowing his succession was...
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Monday, October 12, 2020
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a Reminder of Trump’s Disastrous Record and Land Manager’s Overt Racism
Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a day when we celebrate the rich history and culture of Indigenous peoples across the United States. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has a four-year record of undermining and assaulting Indigenous peoples’ history, rights, and sovereignty. And Trump’s top...
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Thursday, October 01, 2020
Report: As Wildfire Season Rages On, Trump Has Repeatedly Slashed Fire Management Budgets and Made the Problem Worse
As wildfires have raged across Western states in recent weeks amidst another record-breaking wildfire season that is destroying lives and communities, new research released by Western Values Project finds President Trump has repeatedly cut federal funding dedicated to preventing and mitigating the...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Environmental Protections Could Be in Danger with Trump’s SCOTUS Pick
This past weekend, President Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Since Barrett has only been a federal judge since 2017, not much is known yet about her environmental record. But from her views on corporations to women’s...
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Friday, September 25, 2020
The Trump Administration’s Four Years of Attacks On Our Public Lands
Over the past four years, the Trump administration has unilaterally ushered in the largest reductions to public lands protections and scrapped the largest habitat protection agreement in history, discredited science and climate science, issued countless rollbacks to bedrock environmental...
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Newswire article
Friday, May 29, 2020
Senior Trump Interior Official Violated Federal Ethics Laws Again
With the Associated Press reporting that the Interior Department’s Inspector General, the agency’s internal watchdog, concluded an investigation that found that Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech violated federal ethics laws, Western Values Project Director Jayson...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Trump Admin. Punishes Renewables While Bailing Out Oil and Gas
Trump’s Interior Department is demanding payment from the past two years from solar and wind projects on federal lands, Reuters is reporting . The move, described as a “multi-million-dollar hit” to the wind and solar industries, is a stark contrast to the gifts and bailouts the administration has...
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Trump And Bernhardt Re-Up Extremist Pendley Once Again
President Trump’s Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued the thirty-second reiteration of the memo well into Trump’s third year in office that will keep unconfirmable anti-public lands zealot William Pendley atop the Bureau of Land Management and deputy director David Vela in charge of the...
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Newswire article
Friday, May 01, 2020
Trump Grants Big Oil Lobby Association’s Bailout Wish
Yesterday, Trump’s Federal Reserve opened the floodgates to big oil in a decision that will allow financially unsustainable oil and gas corporations to pay down their upside-down balance sheets with taxpayer-backed loan monies intended for small and mid-sized businesses. This decision adds to new...
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