DC Dispatch

Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
The rollback prompts broad opposition from former officials from both political parties.
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
The Trump administration will allow oil and gas leasing in key sagebrush lands.
Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers persevere
Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers persevere
As other initiatives get cut, these centers could ride out the Trump administration.
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
The deadly Wine Country blazes ignited and grew in forests and shrublands.
Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
However, several more steps would have to happen for drilling to be authorized.
Trump’s BLM removes a hurdle for controversial Cadiz project
Trump’s BLM removes a hurdle for controversial Cadiz project
The Mojave Desert project moves forward without typical environmental review.
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
Campaign donations are flowing at record pace for a state Senate seat in the high-tech suburbs of Seattle.
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
Climate change official Joel Clement was one of the few current staffers to speak out.
Western governors take the lead on climate change
Western governors take the lead on climate change
New alliance highlights states’ progress despite President Donald Trump’s rollbacks.
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
The policy ignores major drivers of Western fire: weather and climate change.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
The courts have slowed some rollbacks but many have moved ahead.
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
And seniors are rushing to get one before they’re gone.
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Trump has an opportunity to reshape the judiciary branch for a generation.
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Public pressure prompts reversal of unfriendly solar policies.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Conflicts dog Trump’s Interior secretary nominee
Conflicts dog Trump’s Interior secretary nominee
David Bernhardt’s former clients have big business with the department he would run.
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Our new Supreme Court justice doesn’t think so.
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Public support for rooftop solar has led to more moderate positions.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
The court-released exchanges show Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with oil and gas could impact energy development.
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Groups hope the delay gives them time to save the BLM’s methane rule.
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
The reversal was expected following Trump’s executive order.
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