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Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

Kids to Secretary Jewell: Follow the Science

Leda Huta | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Leda Huta

Last week we posted a video reply from the young person Secretary Jewell referenced in a public appearance in Washington, D.C. She asked Secretary Je...

Illinois Residents File Intent to Sue for Federal Takeover of Rogue Coal Mining Agencies

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What happens when government regulators fail to uphold coal mining laws, in a state of constant violations? No one knows better than residents in Illinois.

What's Worth the Fight?

Mark Starr | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Mark Starr

I believe our shared American heritage is actually worth fighting for -- and have served my country accordingly. But fighting for a gravel road? Not so much.

15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel The U.S.

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

It's no wonder that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Instagram account has grown from 70,000 followers in July to nearly 200,000 today. Their...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

New Alliance of Latino Religious Leaders Encourages Conservation

Maite Arce | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

In October, Hispanic Access Foundation brought together several prominent Latino religious leaders from Western states for a summit on the environment and how we can balance conservation with energy development.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Is Making A Lot Less Off Drilling On Public Lands Than It Should Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The federal government isn't doing enough to ensure it collects a "fair return" for the oil and gas that companies produce from public...

Kate Sheppard

The Long, Strange Case Of An Arctic Whistleblower

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.06.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The long, strange story of Charles Monnett, a wildlife biologist who spent 14 years working in Alaska for the Department of Interior, is...

Mendocino -- and America -- Puts Out "Welcome" Mat for Secretary Jewell

Jim Baca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jim Baca

I hope the Secretary continues visiting with Americans who want their public lands protected - and heeding their concerns

Kate Sheppard

'No Reason' To Believe Keystone XL Environmental Report In State Department Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– State Department documents released to an environmental group are raising new questions about the hiring of a government contractor to...

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Review Misses Key Impacts Of Keystone XL, Interior Department Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

The Department of Interior has expressed concerns that the State Department is ignoring the potential impact the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could h...

Obama's Former PR Flack: Thread Tying Keystone XL, PA Gov's Race Together

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen "Katie" McGinty, has hired powerful PR firm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign's communications efforts.

U.S. Coal Exports

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It remains to be seen if the U.S. will phase out coal domestically and merely displace its harmful effects to developing economies, especially China and India, or phase it out altogether.

Alaska Officials Continue to Push Dead-end Proposal for Development in the Arctic Refuge

Cindy Shogan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

No $50 million offer can undo more than 50 years of conservation history. We thank Secretary Jewell and the Interior Department for rejecting the Parnell proposal and upholding the Obama administration's commitment to keep drilling in the Refuge "off the table."

Whales to Big Oil: 'Keep It Down, Would Ya?'

OnEarth | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthNo one ever said the search for fossil fuels in increasingly hard-to-reach places was easy. As part of their quest to keep the...

Salazar Announces His Next Big Move

AP | COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 08.06.2013 | Denver

DENVER — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will start work next week as a partner in an international law firm that will allow him to r...

Oil-Thirsty Republicans Attempt to Open Protected Lands and Waters

Cindy Shogan | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

The Obama administration made a huge step just a few months ago to protect some of the wildest areas in Alaska. Now, Republicans in the House want to give Big Oil even more land to drill.

Sally Jewell: An Ideal Choice to Lead Our National Parks Into Their Next Century

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

To me, this spoke volumes about Sally's personality -- it showed her sensitivity, her quickness to act, and her dedication to helping others, even if it means changing her own plans to take the most responsible action.

As Salazar Retires From Interior, Friends And Foes Reflect

The Colorado Independent | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Scot Kersgaard. Like any good — or bad — Secretary of the Interior, Colorado’s Ken Salazar will leave Washing...

Green Radar: Watershed Protection, The Keystone Pipeline And The Mixed Legacy of Ken Salazar

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

Lots of interrelated news happening on Thursday. Let's run down some of the highlights: The folks at Forest Trends, an international coalition of ...

Green Radar: Salazar Quits And Study Blames Greens For Lack Of Action On Climate Change

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

THE DENVER POST "Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend t...

Plan It Forward: The Right Way To Put Americans To Work On American Lands

Majora Carter | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Majora Carter

By setting some rules and goals that everyone agrees on, our government can play a crucial role in responsibly advancing market forces and creating good-paying, long lasting jobs here in America.

When to Say Thanks

Stacy Bare | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Last Tuesday the Department of Interior (DOI) announced that all active duty service members and their families could use public lands for free. I know this doesn't fix other problems, but it's a significant gesture of thanks in a very public, meaningful way.

BP Disaster Anniversary a Reminder of Regulatory Changes Needed

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

We need to decide whether it is appropriate to lease sensitive areas of the ocean for oil and gas development. To make smart decisions, though, we need solid scientific information -- and that information does not exist for most "frontier" areas.