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How Trump Has Filled High-Level Jobs Without Senate Confirmation Votes

“The titles are a mouthful. There’s the deputy director exercising the authority of director for the National Park Service, and the senior official performing the duties of the director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is how President Trump is filling dozens of high-level jobs in the federal government without Senate confirmation. The administration...
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USFW Finds ‘No Significant Impact’ of Drilling on Baca Refuge; Lexam Given Green Light?

“On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a Final Environmental Assessment for the Planned Gas and Oil Exploration on Baca National Wildlife Refuge, Saguache County, Colorado (Final EA) authorizing the Canadian firm Lexam Explorations (U.S.A.) Inc. to drill two exploratory ‘gas’ wells on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in...
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New Sagebrush Rebellion Prompts Look at Who Controls Old West (2)

“A warm winter in the sagebrush-flanked valleys of northern Nevada has left snow-free grasses where rancher J.J. Goicoechea has his federal grazing allotment ripe for his cows to feed—if only he was allowed to use it this time of year. For years, he’s argued in vain that ranchers—not the government—should decide when the lands can...
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Playing Politics With Science Spawns New Threat to Endangered Whales

“Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that blasting air guns in an area where a rare whale migrates and gives birth could push it closer to extinction. But those findings conflicted with the Trump administration’s push for drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, so the scientists were ordered to change their official conclusions...
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Greens’ Complaint Charges Trump Admin With Purging Enemies

“The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a complaint today over what they charge is the administration’s intent to fire federal career staff who are disloyal to President Trump. The complaint, filed with the Office of Special Counsel, claims top White House press aide Hogan Gidley’s recent comments in a Fox News interview could...
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Lawmakers Vow They’ll Ground Sightseeing Flights

“With thousands of helicopters flying over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park every year, Democratic Rep. Ed Case says the situation has clearly gotten out of control. ‘That’s no way to run a national park,’ Case, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, told a top National Park Service official during a House subcommittee hearing last...
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Op-Ed | What’s Become Of The National Park Service’s Focus On History?

“While overall employment in the agency has dropped by 3,500 or 16 percent, since 2011, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the number of historians in the Park Service has taken a much greater hit, percentage-wise, dropping from 449 in 2010 to just 149 today, a loss of two-thirds. Experienced professionals are retiring and...
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A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research

“An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial — into the agency’s scientific reports, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. The misleading language appears in at least nine reports,...
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