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Western Officials Applaud Trump Exit Of Paris

by Michael Sandoval June 2, 2017

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Several western Republicans welcomed the news that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement after an announcement made by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden Thursday afternoon. U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, called the Paris agreement a “bad deal” for America’s working families.

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A final decision on a bill to ban hydraulic fracking in Nevada might come down to the wire before the end of the Nevada state legislative session early next week. Even if passed, the bill would require a signature from Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.

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A University of Colorado Boulder professor said President Donald Trump’s reported decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement offers an opportunity for the crafting of bipartisan climate policy. “Paris is but a means to an end, and arguably, not much of one anyway. Trump gives climate advocates an opportunity,” Roger A. Pielke, Jr. tweeted. “The opportunity is to reimagine an approach to US climate policy that is acceptable, even fought for, by Republicans.”

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Utah’s congressional delegation called on the Trump administration last week to rescind large-scale national monument designations in the state and to establish a new approach that takes into account the views and needs of impacted communities. Utah has “repeatedly fallen victim to overreaching use of the Antiquities Act—a law that has become a tool of political advocacy rather than public interest,” Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Reps. Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love wrote in a May 25 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Andrew J. O’Connor, the activist at the center of controversy over his comments calling for violence towards oil and natural gas workers, had numerous exchanges this year with leading Democratic officials in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo., according to emails obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act. Even after O’Connor’s call for violence was published in a letter to the editor, Broomfield City Council Member Kevin Kreeger wrote: “I applaud your energy and your desire to fight for what’s right.”

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The federal government has no precise way of measuring its hundreds of millions of acres in land holdings or accounting for them in a systematic manner, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) told a House committee during a hearing yesterday. “One of my great frustrations is the fact that although the federal government owns some 640 million acres of land it is such a bad landlord. [It doesn’t] take care of this land and can’t even provide a comprehensive list of its land holdings,” McClintock said, noting the Government Accountability Office “has warned for years of these forgotten and abandoned lands.”

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) used a recent town hall appearance in his home state of Colorado to criticize “Keep It in the Ground” activists and their campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline, disagreeing with their positions on domestic energy development. “My objection to it is that it did nothing to build the environmental movement,” the Democrat said Friday about opposition to the oil pipeline during the town hall in Boulder. “It did nothing to persuade people that didn’t agree with us that climate was something really important.”


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