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Lax standards of conflict of interest disclosures among climate scientists create “unnecessary vulnerabilities” and should be avoided, according to University of Colorado, Boulder professor and political scientist Roger Pielke, Jr. “You certainly don’t want advisors—scientific advisors—to have the perception, at a minimum that they’re receiving funding from those that they’re …

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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.

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.

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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 …

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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 …

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, …

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Fresh off the Democratic capture of the U.S. House of Representatives, green groups with ties to wealthy anti-fossil fuel foundations are working to position climate change as a top priority despite very little traction for the issue on the campaign trail. Members of Bill McKibben’s 350.org-backed youth activist group Sunrise Movement have challenged Democratic leaders to take up plans for a “Green New Deal,” confronting top members of the House Democratic leadership in recent days.


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