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, September 06, 2019
Trump Administration Illegally Raided Funds From National Parks
Pres. Trump’s government shutdown is still producing consequences for our public lands and national parks. Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Trump administration violated the letter of the law, as well as the law’s intent, by incorrectly diverting congressional funds...
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Appointment of Anti-Public Lands Pendley to Top BLM Post is Dangerous
Today, the Interior Department named William Perry Pendley to be the Bureau of Land Management’s Acting Director. Previously, Pendley was an extremist lawyer who supported the transfer of federal public lands to the state. “This appointment shows Trump and Bernhardt are only interested in selling...
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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trump Releases Management Plan for Illegally Reduced Bears Ears National Monument, Ignoring Courts and Public Outcry
The Trump administration released a management plan for the illegally reduced areas of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah today. With Congressional recess right around the corner, the timed release of the proposed management plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement has been called into...
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Monday, July 01, 2019
New FOIA Documents Reveal More Industry Influence at Interior
A new analysis of public documents exclusively obtained by Western Values Project reveal extensive communication by an industry association that may have influenced public lands and wildlife management decisions at Interior. The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), a former client...
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Friday, May 31, 2019
Disgraced Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Still A Delusional Dilettante
Yesterday, The Houston Chronicle reported that former Secretary of the Interior and perpetually scandal-plagued Ryan Zinke announced the possibility of a triumphant return to the Trump administration in the coming year. Easing back into public life after a long winter encroached in chaos of his own...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Another Lobbyist Nominated by Trump for Key Interior Post
Today, Western Values Project released a full profile on the latest ex-lobbyist to be nominated to a key position at Interior by President Trump. Gregory “Robert” Wallace, a longtime lobbyist for GE Energy, has been nominated to be the Assistant Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Senate Confirms Trump’s Most Conflict-Ridden Cabinet Nominee to Manage America’s Public Lands
Today, after the U.S. Senate voted 56-41 to confirm Trump’s most conflict-ridden cabinet nominee, former mega-lobbyist David Bernhardt, to be the Secretary of the Interior, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger issued the following statement: “President Trump and his allies in the...
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt One Step Closer to Joining Trump’s Swamp-Filled Cabinet With Help of Key Western Senators McSally, Gardner, Daines and Heinrich
Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-6 to move controversial Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s nomination to a full Senate vote, setting up what is sure to be a contentious floor debate and final vote. Western Values Project’s Executive Director Chris Saeger...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Sen. Wyden Calls for Delay of David Bernhardt Committee Vote Following New Ethics Violations Investigation
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today called on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to delay its vote on conflict-ridden Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt following a new Washington Post report confirming that the “Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
EPA Administrator Nominee Andrew Wheeler Lobbied the Trump Administration on Bears Ears
Tomorrow, as the government shutdown continues, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler, an ex-lobbyist, previously worked for Canadian uranium company...
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