30 Jan '18, 10pm

These quiet policy changes will pave way for massive development on public land

Many of Donald Trump’s most atrocious attacks on nature and wildlife have faced swift backlash from the American public – including his reversal of national monument designations, his original reversal of the trophy hunting ban, and his reopening of decades-long forged plans to protect the imperiled greater sage-grouse. But the most recent actions have taken place quietly, drawing little attention from journalists, policymakers and the public. On December 22, as much of the nation was winding down for the holidays, the Trump administration surreptitiously threw out the rulebook for minimizing impacts of oil and gas drilling on public land. Five days later, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revised rules for how oil and gas leases are prioritized in greater sage-grouse habitat. The timing of these maneuvers couldn’t be worse: Rolling back mitigation policies right before Congre...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/01/30/these-quiet-policy-ch...

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