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.

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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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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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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Trump Announces Planless Decision To Reopen National Parks
President Trump announced that the administration will start to reopen national parks at an Earth Day event at the White House today but provided no details according to reporting by Reuters. President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt have completely mismanaged the nation’s national...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Oil Corporations Begging Trump For Bailout Have Decimated Western Lands
The same oil corporations clamoring for a bailout from President Trump have spilled nearly 10,000 barrels of oil and other toxic petroleum byproducts across the Western United States according to new research released today by Western Values Project, a Montana-based public lands-focused project of...
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Thursday, April 02, 2020
Senators Requesting Big Oil Bailouts Received Millions in Big Oil Donations
Early this week, a dozen Senators sent a letter to President Trump’s Interior Secretary David Bernhardt asking the former oil and gas lobbyist to unilaterally lower already outdated and inadequate royalty rates for domestic oil leaseholders. New research compiled by Western Values Project, a...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Trump Unleashing Historic Carbon Pollution During Global Pandemic
Today, President Trump released final rules rolling back auto emission standards in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic despite calls to pause major public policy during the ongoing crisis. In response, Western Values Project Director Jayson O’Neill released the following statement: “Not to be...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
How Much Will the Trump Administration Give Away to Big Oil?
Big Oil has propped up the Trump administration to the tune of nearly $9 million in donations and now they want a return on their investment. How big and how many environmental rollbacks will be done to shore up the financially unsustainable industry remains a question. “Weeks ago, while the Trump...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Trump’s Border Wall Construction Helps Cronies, Hurts Public Lands and Native American Cultural Resources
Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is holding an oversight hearing on President Trump’s border wall construction, which is destroying Native American sacred sites. Western Values Project (WVP) — an Accountable.US project based...
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