American Geophysical Union Honors Gardner For Bipartisan Science Policy Efforts

by Elena Connolly December 8, 2018

Western Wire

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is honoring Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) with a Presidential Citation to recognize their bipartisan work on science policy. The two senators worked to pass the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which was signed into law last year. The bill’s aim is to reform several science agencies, promote diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs and lessen the administrative burden placed on researchers.

NM Kicks Off 4th Quarter BLM Lease Sales, Permian Basin Potential Soars In New USGS Estimate

by Michael Sandoval December 6, 2018

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New Mexico’s Bureau of Land Management quarterly oil and gas lease sales this week leads off two weeks of quarterly lease sales in western states that will cap a record-breaking year in generating federal revenues from public land leasing. BLM New Mexico’s 4th quarter lease results—more than $19 million in lease sales on the first day of a two-day sale concluding today, according to a BLM spokesperson who spoke to Western Wire—comes just three months after a blockbuster quarterly lease sale in September that generated nearly $1 billion in total revenue.

LWCF Reauthorization Could Move Forward In Lame Duck Session

by Michael Sandoval November 30, 2018

A bipartisan coalition backing reauthorization and funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) said Thursday that efforts to bring the program back in line after lapsing in September could happen during the lame-duck session. “We’re trying every angle,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) at a Capitol Hill press conference.

Top Congressional Leaders Request Documents from EPA Related to Regulation Rollbacks

by ELENA CONNOLLY November 29, 2018

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Top Democrats from a powerful House committee sent a request for information to the Environmental Protection Agency last week regarding correspondence the agency had with outside groups and other internal documents before announcing several rollbacks of environmental regulations. “We write to express our deep concerns about actions taken by the …

UCLA Professor’s Role in Climate Litigation Raises Transparency Questions

by Matt Dempsey November 27, 2018
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UCLA law professor Ann Carlson is thankful for the role wealthy plaintiffs’ attorneys play in advancing climate change litigation across the country. She is also grateful for the significant funding her UCLA law clinic receives to focus on climate litigation efforts. But what’s not always clear is Carlson’s own position …

Economic Output on Federal Lands Saw Sharp Increase in FY2017

by Elena Connolly November 22, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior

Use of federal lands led to an increase in both job creation and economic output for the first time in several years, according to the Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2017. Economic output resulting from federal lands and resources increased by $400 million to $292 billion, …