Obama Bears Ears takeover would be un-American

The protection of our nation’s historic, cultural and natural resources is among the noblest of pursuits. However, turning our backs on the democratic process to do so undermines who we are as Americans. Despite what extreme environmental groups may preach, representation and conservation are not mutually exclusive. Checks and balances have produced principled and cooperative legislation for more than two […]

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Bears Ears: Locals, Natives against, outsiders, corporate environmentalists for

Lee and other members of the congressional delegation said the political fallout of a designation in Utah will result in the repeal of the Antiquities Act for use by future presidents, an overturning of the actual designation itself and no money for Bears Ears monument management. Dueling demonstrations put pressure on Obama over possible Bears Ears monument SALT LAKE CITY […]

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U.S. shale oil, natural gas trump Russia’s power play

The geopolitical implications (never mind the domestic economic benefits) of expanding U.S. shale capabilities should be obvious. Not only would increasing shale output keep downward pressure on prices, but as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, earlier observed: “Many U.S. allies and trading partners are interested in purchasing American oil to diversify away from […]

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Zinke: BFF of D.C. bureaucracies and environmentalist special interests

Once upon a time, environmental groups would purchase land for conservation. Now they conscript government to seize it. In 2011 the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to consider the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to list 757 species under the Endangered Species Act, which could result in hundreds of millions of acres being withdrawn from private use. Secretary of Federal […]

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OPINION: Federal land ‘management’ a sham

If you think forest management is any better, check out the red and green mosaic that covers most of the West. The red is a tinderbox of pine trees killed by the pine bark beetle, ready to ignite with the smallest spark. Hiking behind my home, you will find many trees marked for cutting under a plan by the Forest […]

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Attack on Western Colorado: Obama denies Jordan Cove LNG Project

 “…the FERC denial is not based on environmental concerns.  The Jordan Cove project has exceeded the environmental regulations.  So, the federal government had to take a new angle for stopping responsible energy development by citing demand as an issue, regardless of the fact that two major Japanese companies have contracts ready to buy the natural gas produced in western Colorado […]

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Standing Rock: Native sovereignty or a future of economic hopelessness

Only 3 percent of its length would need federal approval, and in those places the pipeline was designed to run next to existing utility lines, meaning that approval would presumably be hard to deny. Even in those cases, the company was careful to tread lightly. It made sure that the route would avoid sites that were even being considered for […]

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To delight of enviros, Obama slaps clean-power Glen Canyon Dam with expiration date

Obama’s ‘midnight rules-making’ marathon is unlikely to let up prior to the inauguration of President-elect Trump a month from now, so both Congress and the incoming Administration are expecting to have a lake of new rules, regulations and other executive actions to wade through, assess, and jettison if necessary. The Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, just south of the Utah border, has […]

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Government run amok: Groundless fed seizure nets thousands of bait fish

Maki said that eight to 10 special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entered his shop that day, asking him repeated questions about whether the ciscoes he sells came from the U.S. or Canadian side of the international border. Maki said he told agents that Ely’s Bob LaTourell, who nets the ciscoes for him, does so exclusively on […]

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Drain the Swamp: Federal agricultural subsidies, cronyism, handouts

Imagine an industry in which taxpayers provide handouts to multimillion-dollar businesses when they don’t generate as much revenue as they hoped. Or imagine the government intentionally driving up food prices to help special interests at the expense of consumers, particularly hurting the poor.  Then imagine an industry enjoying record high prices, but federal taxpayers being forced to bail it out […]

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