Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

A small Southern county hopes to land a starring role in the commercial space race. But for residents of the exclusive islands in the flight path, the stakes feel sky-high.

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Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Aims to End Arctic Drilling. A Trump-Era Law Could Foil His Plans.

The administration suspended leases that were auctioned in the waning days of the Trump White House. But a 2017 law requires another sale.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary

As interior secretary, Ms. Haaland runs an agency once responsible for eradicating the homes, culture and often the lives of Indigenous people.

#federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

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Why Biden Must Save Bears Ears National Monument

‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’

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How to Reserve a Campsite, Even at the Last Minute

Who says you can’t get a reservation for the great outdoors this weekend?

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Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

Now is the time to start looking ahead, to spring and summer excursions in the great outdoors.

#camps-and-camping, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Launches Climate Change Efforts

The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, including a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

Going far beyond expectations, the Trump administration eliminated protection from more than three million acres of northern spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #owls, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

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Biden Announces Climate Team, Including Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland and Michael Regan

The president-elect said he has chosen a team that prioritizes making clean energy jobs and environmental protection the cornerstone of his economic plans.

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In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

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Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

The appointment would make history if confirmed by the Senate, placing a Native American in a cabinet secretary position for the first time.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Arctic Seismic Work Will Not Hurt Polar Bears, Government Says

The announcement removes a major hurdle to approving a plan to hunt for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, part of a push to allow drilling there by the Trump administration.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bears, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #federal-lands

End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas

Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.

#federal-lands, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royalties, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Weird Monolith Is Found in the Utah Desert

A team surveying bighorn sheep for Utah’s wildlife agency found the strange object, 10 to 12 feet tall, embedded in the ground in a remote part of Red Rock Country. It’s probably art, officials said.

#2001-a-space-odyssey-movie, #art, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #utah

Judges Tell Trump His Officials Are Serving Illegally. He Does Nothing.

Three high-ranking administration officials have been found by courts to be working in violation of a 1998 law that governs how a president can appoint temporary officials.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bureau-of-land-management, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #federal-lands, #pendley-william-perry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Top U.S. Lands Official Served Unlawfully for Over a Year, a Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge in Montana ordered William Perry Pendley, whose appointment was not confirmed by the Senate, to leave the position.

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Fleeing the Trolls for the Grizzly Bears

When “civilization” oppresses, wilderness is the best therapy.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Plan to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

The decision sets up a fierce legal battle over the fate of a vast, remote area that is home to polar bears, caribou and the promise of oil wealth.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #environment, #federal-lands, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Administration Undoes Rules That Restrict Bear Hunting in Alaska

The move reverses an Obama-era ban on hunting methods like baiting bears with doughnuts and shooting swimming caribou.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bears, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hunting-and-trapping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

Border Wall Land Grabs Accelerate as Owners Shelter From Pandemic

With private property proving hard to acquire, the administration has stepped up efforts to secure land on the Mexican border for President Trump’s wall.

#border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #eminent-domain, #federal-lands, #immigration-and-emigration, #land-use-policies, #quarantines, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government