Unrest In Venezuela And Global Markets Driving Memorial Day Gas Price Jump

by Michael Sandoval May 18, 2018

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As a record number of Americans hit the streets this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, gasoline prices will be sitting at multi-year highs thanks to an increase in global demand and economic growth, falling fuel inventories, and uncertainty in countries like Venezuela and Iran. The travel group AAA estimates more than 41.5 million Americans will travel over Memorial Day weekend, the most in more than 12 years and a 5 percent increase over last year. The vast majority of those trips—36.6 million—will be by automobile.

Montana Elected Officials Say Poll Opposing WSA Reductions Are Misleading

by Michael Sandoval May 17, 2018

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Two members of Montana’s Congressional delegation have criticized a recent poll saying the state opposes the removal of some of the Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) being outlined in legislation that would expand public use and access. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines took aim at the survey from the University of Montana’s “Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative” that claims public opinion in the Treasure State is opposed to the reduction of WSA areas.

A Few Questions Ahead Of California Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Denver Visit

by Matt Dempsey May 15, 2018
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Despite being a top national campaign donor in the past three election cycles, California billionaire and political activist Tom Steyer has a losing track record and has split the Democratic Party, especially on issues of energy and the environment. So his visit to Denver this week will undoubtedly create heartburn for Democratic officials. Steyer’s latest visit to Colorado is part of his impeachment roadshow, and his first foray into the Rocky Mountain West. He will be at the Mile High Station on Wednesday as part of his national “Need to Impeach” crusade, in which he has invested at least $40 million in a campaign to oust the President. Democrats across the country, including House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and former senior advisor to President Obama David Axelrod, have voiced significant reservations about the campaign.

Steyer-Backed Montana Environmental Group All-In For Tester Re-Election

by MICHAEL SANDOVAL May 11, 2018

The Montana affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters, a group backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, is all-in for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in the Treasure State. A Western Wire review of campaign finance records at OpenSecrets.org uncovers Tester’s biggest contributor so far in the 2018 election cycle, …

Interior Secretary Zinke Emphasizes Desire to Use Energy Revenues to Fix National Parks

by ELENA CONNOLLY May 10, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a Senate Appropriations Committee that legislation to develop a public lands infrastructure fund from revenues from oil and gas development on federal lands was a “top priority” for the agency during a hearing on Thursday. “The President has been very clear about his priorities and is …

Calls For RFS Reform As Ethanol Battle Continues

by Michael Sandoval May 9, 2018

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The Renewable Fuel Standard had its day at the White House, with President Trump hearing from ethanol supporters on policies to ease the expanded use of the fuels, and opponents calling for reform and even an end to mandate they say hurts consumers and does little to help the environment. Trump met with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the White House earlier today to discuss the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates favored by ethanol supporters in states like Iowa but opposed by agricultural associations, manufacturers, recreational advocates, and taxpayer coalitions.