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Take 5: Highlights from Sec. Zinke’s Heritage Speech on Energy

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke recently gave a speech on making American an energy superpower at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Let’s look at key elements from Sec. Zinke’s remarks, where he spoke broadly about America’s energy crossroads, using domestic energy as a diplomatic tool, protecting the environment, and economic prosperity that comes with domestic production.

Inventorying Congressional Action Thus Far

While the news is focused on protests, healthcare and Russia investigations, there is good news for the western oil and natural gas industry. Congress has begun rolling back federal regulatory overreach from the previous administration and laid the groundwork for additional reforms. It’s worth taking inventory of the first seven months of the legislative session.

‘Covert Propaganda’ in Federal Rulemaking

Has government use of social media turned into covert propaganda? In light of an investigation by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes.

Barack Obama came into office as the “social media president” after effectively using online communications during his campaign. So it’s understandable the president pushed the use of social media within federal agencies, and it makes sense given the increasing reliance by the public.

Permitting More Wind Energy Eagle Deaths

It appears the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) doesn’t believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. It appears the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) doesn’t believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Last week FWS announced an expansion of its take rule that allows wind energy companies to kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles each year, and also to kill or injure golden eagles if companies commit to mitigation.

Candidates’ Positions on Public Lands

Today, Nevada voters hold their presidential primary for the Republican Party, and last weekend was the Democrats’ turn. Nevada is unique among the early primary states because it’s a western state and, therefore, has significant public lands. More than 80% of Nevada is owned by the federal government. As a result, the candidates have begun addressing issues of access, development and the transfer of public lands.

We compiled a brief list of recent statements as well as legislative and voting records of most candidates, where applicable.

Greater Sage-Grouse Protests

The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service dumped 14 land use plan amendments with Greater Sage-Grouse (GrSG) amendments on the West on May 28th, giving counties, ranchers, industries, conservation groups, other stakeholders and the


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