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Colorado Dems seek rider to block Roan Plateau...

May 15, 2007
Two Colorado Democrats want Congress to block the Bureau of Land Management from leasing natural gas-rich areas on the Roan Plateau. Reps. Mark Udall and John Salazar will seek a rider in the fiscal 2008 Interior Appropriations bill preventing BLM from implementing its lease plan for the 73,000...

House Dems slam Interior for politicizing ESA...

May 10, 2007
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) demanded the resignation of Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett yesterday, as Democrats called for the Bush administration to take corrective action to "cleanse" the Interior Department of a culture of political interference with science. At a heated,...

Bush admin seeks reversal of USFS planning rule...

May 9, 2007
The Bush administration is asking a federal judge in San Francisco to repeal her nationwide injunction against its forest planning rule, or limit the injunction to Northern California. The administration is arguing that Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...

Coalition seeking carbon curbs nearly doubles...

May 8, 2007
PepsiCo and General Motors Corp. are among 14 companies joining the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of businesses and environmental groups calling for a mandatory cap on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The coalition announced the addition today that includes American...

Bush admin backs NLCS bill but thumbs-down on...

May 4, 2007
The Bush administration supports legislation that would codify the management system for 26 million acres of sensitive BLM lands but remains opposed to a 128,000-acre wilderness bill in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, land managers told a Senate panel yesterday. Acting Bureau of Land...

House appropriators urged to block ESA changes,...

May 3, 2007
House appropriators should use their power to stop the Interior Department from rewriting Endangered Species Act regulations or leasing additional public lands for oil and gas drilling, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) urged the chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday. In...

Prominent scientists question Interior's ESA...

May 2, 2007
A large group of prominent scientists is asking Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to withdraw legal guidance that would change how agencies decide whether a species is endangered. Harvard's Edward O. Wilson, Duke's Stuart Pimm and 36 other scientists sent the letter Monday to Kempthorne and...

Rahall-sponsored climate, energy bill starts to...

May 2, 2007
The House Natural Resources Committee slice of energy and climate change legislation headed to the floor this summer is beginning to take shape. The bill will likely incorporate provisions to study the potential of carbon sequestration in the United States as well as to repeal a section of the...

'Dramatic' effects of rising temps...

April 27, 2007
Global climate change could dramatically reshape America's public lands and the government's ability to manage them as seas rise, species are threatened with extinction and wildfire threats increase, Interior Department officials told a House panel yesterday. "On the ground, we're seeing a...

Millions needed to keep refuges in the black --...

April 26, 2007
The National Wildlife Refuge System stands to lose 20 percent of its workforce and leave more than half of its refuges operating at a loss in the next five years unless Congress increases its budget, according to a report released yesterday by refuge advocates. The report from the Cooperative...
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