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The Evolution of Rep. Leonard Lance: Environmentalist to Climate Change Denier

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

To environmental activists, their dramatically changing relationship with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) is baffling.

Feds Must Lead on Lead

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals -- from more than 130 species -- die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feeding on prey contaminated with fragments of lead ammunition.

Celebrating the Diverse AAPI Experience: 2014 AAPI Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

This month, community and government leaders will join to celebrate and re-dedicate themselves to the ongoing work of improving the well-being of the AAPI community. Together, we will reflect on the theme of "I Am Beyond" -- a theme that captures the depth, breadth, and dignity of the AAPI experience.

On Our First Ever World Wildlife Day, Let's Put an End to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

John Kerry | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
John Kerry

You can do your part too. Do not buy suspicious goods. Do not buy ivory -- even small trinkets or jewelry. Turn down the offer to buy that tiger skin rug. Reject the shark fin soup. We can make a difference for ourselves, and for generations to come.

There's More Good News For The Arctic

Ted Danson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

Alaska has already seen more than its fair share of oil disasters, and drilling in the Arctic will inevitably bring another spill. We ask you, do we really need another Exxon Valdez?

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces Strong Conservation Agenda

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

'Mitigation' is not mysterious. It simply means taking reasonable steps to avoid harm to our natural resources, reducing that harm as much as possible if it can't be avoided and compensating for any harm that remains.

Let's Be "Smart From the Start" With Solar, Wind on Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Green
Ann Morgan

They're part of what define America's outdoor heritage and fuel our outdoor recreation economy, responsible for about 6.1 million jobs and $646 billion in spending yearly. These same lands, however, also provide some of the best wind and solar resources our county has to offer.

When Nature Breaks

Abree Murch | Posted 09.25.2013 | College
Abree Murch

Over the next twenty-four hours, I learned that you've never experienced a thunderstorm until you've camped through one.

PHOTOS: Interior Department's Fantastic Instagram Account

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel

Looking for a mini vacation? How about a quick tour of America's most stunning outdoor vistas, for free? Thanks to an impressively well curated In...

Protecting the Places We Climb

Phil Powers | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Phil Powers

Outdoor recreation employs 6.1 million Americans, and the sector is growing about 5 percent annually. Conservation and access for recreation, including climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing make this economic impact possible.

Telling the Whole Story of America

Sec. Ken Salazar | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Sec. Ken Salazar

When I took office, too few national historic landmarks focused on the lives of women, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos or other diverse communities that make up the fabric of our nation.

Obama Naming New Cabinet Post

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice for interior secretary is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who likes to bike, ski and climb mountains...

Secretary Salazar -- A Legacy of Land Conservation

Mark Starr | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Mark Starr

Secretary Ken Salazar has announced his retirement, bringing an end to his tenure at the Interior Department. I'm grateful to Secretary Salazar for his leadership in conserving America's lands and for protecting special places that pay tribute to our military heritage.

Bureau of Incompetence

Tim Giago | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

My award for gross incompetence goes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and they still hold that first place honor after more than 33 years of my reporting. The sad thing is that their incompetence has hurt so many impoverished American Indians. The BIA's place in the Hall of Shame is assured.

Salazar: The West Has Not Seen The End Of Wildfire Season

The Colorado Independent | Troy Hooper | Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Troy Hooper: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar surveyed his native state Monday where he declared there will be “bet...

US Reviews Ideas For Boosting West's Dwindling Water Supply

AP | CATHERINE TSAI | Posted 04.11.2012 | Denver

DENVER -- Demand for water in a river basin that serves more than 36 million people in the West and Mexico is expected to overwhelm supply in the next...

Shell Supports Iran's Murderous Mullahs; Should We Be Supporting Shell?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The callous greed in the oil patch seems to know no limits. Here we have a company, Royal Dutch Shell, bursting with earnings, at the apogee of its yearly returns, going after the last dollar or Euro to make things fatter still.

Salazar Gets It Right, Boehner and Lamborn Get It Wrong On Oil Shale

Bill Eikenberry | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Bill Eikenberry

Lamborn's bill actually creates a new taxpayer-funded subsidy for companies like Shell by allowing cuts to royalties and shifting basic infrastructure and services costs onto the backs of struggling local governments.

Assault on Wilderness Fails in the Polls

Bill Meadows | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Bill Meadows

There is a clash of values between many in Congress, who want to give away our great outdoors, and the American people, who want to protect these lands and waters that sustain us.

New LED Lights To Brighten National Mall

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 03.27.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- While Congress may be trying to dim the federal incandescent bulb ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is getting ready to brighten up th...

Perry Names A New Government Agency He Would Cut, Leaving Out One

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry named a different government agency he would cut as president in an interview on a Savannah, Georgia radio station Friday mornin...

Report Unveils Nation's Top Conservation Projects

AP | MATT VOLZ | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

HELENA, Mont. — An Interior Department report released Thursday identifies 101 high-priority conservation projects across the nation as part of ...

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

Putting an Arctic Scientist on Ice

Kassie Siegel | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green
Kassie Siegel

An ugly episode involving drowned polar bears, a distinguished scientist and the misguided drive to drill for oil in the Arctic has turned hope on its head.

Salazar Report Warns Of Water Decline

Posted 06.25.2011 | Denver

The Colorado, San Joaquin and Rio Grande river basins may see a decrease by eight to fourteen percent over the next 40 years, according to a report re...