Wild places across the country are under siege. Now, in addition to threats coming out of Capitol Hill, our wild places are also coming from state capitals as well.
The first attempts to take away federal lands are already underway. In Utah, the legislature passed and the Governor signed a law that takes land away from places the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This unprecedented action is an attempt to undo decades of conservation and protection, and hand over swaths of land to mining companies, oil and gas drillers, and logging companies.
For months we have been frustrated at Congress for not moving (or passing for that matter!) any wilderness bills. In fact, as our report Wilderness Under Siege makes clear, there are now at least 13 bills pending in the U.S.
UPDATE: The Senate just finished voting on a motion to repeal $2 billion of oil subsidies to the biggest oil companies. A majority of the Senate - 51 Senators from both sides of the aisle - voted to repeal the subsidies. While 60 votes were needed beca