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Bishop Locks in Navajo Utah Water Rights Bill in Omni, Praises Bipartisan Wins

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Today, Ranking Member Rob Bishop (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 133). Provisions in the package within the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Natural Resources include prioritizing renewable energy development on federal lands, securing a domestic critical minerals and materials supply chain, and Indian water rights settlements and related provisions that have been neglected in recent years. “An omnibus appropriation is a bad way to legislate. Working within this flawed process, there were areas where bipartisan consensus was f... Read More »

Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act

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Replay the Environmental Protection Agency’s apparent disregard for the Endangered Species Act requirements through the very animals they are affecting. The EPA thought they had it all figured out. They were going to shut down some power plants, solidify the President’s climate legacy, and nothing was going to stand in their way. Unfortunately, they forgot one minor detail: the law. Under the Endangered Species Act, federal agencies must make sure their actions do not jeopardize listed species or destroy critical habitat. Had the EPA followed the Endangered Species Act, it would have gone some... Read More »

H.R. 2898: The Bill Where Everybody Wins

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The current regulatory framework for water in the West is wrought with twists, turns, obstacles, and wasted resources. Follow the path and find how H.R. 2898, The Western Water and American Food Security Act, provides relief from challenges caused by inconsistent laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and federal levels. To learn more about the bill, click here. Read More »

The Top 10 Ways the ESA is outdated, as told by other outdated things from 1973

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On the 10th annual Endangered Species Day, we're taking a look back at all of the ways the Endangered Species Act is stuck in the 70s, as told by other things that happened (and are no longer relevant) in 1973. P.S. There's a bonus you won't want to miss. 1. It is not recovering species The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is supposed to prevent species from going extinct, but the results just aren’t there. Since the law was enacted in 1973, more than 1,500 U.S. domestic species and sub-species have been listed as endangered; however, only, at best, two percent have been recovered. The long lines ... Read More »

Thinking about skipping the Natural Resources Subcommittees’ Budget Hearings?

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1. Itchy Palms – According to the superstition, if the right hand itches, money is coming in, but if the left hand itches money is going out. The Administration's budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior includes millions of new taxpayer dollars, so there will definitely be some cash flow. Tune in to see the federal government try to purchase even more federal lands, despite an existing deferred maintenance backlog estimated at $23 billion! We don’t think that can be treated with calamine lotion. 2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – These hearings... Read More »

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal OP ED: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

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OP ED: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class Josh Mandel Wall Street Journal In American high schools, it is becoming increasingly hard to defend the vanishing of shop class from the curriculum. The trend began in the 1970s, when it became conventional wisdom that a four-year college degree was essential. As Forbes magazine reported in 2012, 90% of shop classes have been eliminated for the Los Angeles unified school district's 660,000 students. Yet a 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics study shows that 48% of all college graduates are working in jobs that don't require a four-year degree. ... Read More »

What would you ask Interior Secretary Sally Jewell?

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