Today, the U.S. Senate approved President Trump’s nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society said:
In a historic move, four Alaska legislators from across the state this morning voted against House resolution HJR 5, which urges Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. Five representatives were absent.
The Wilderness Society praised a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that expresses the sense of Congress that “America’s Federal public lands are national treasures that belong to all Americans and which should be maintained for future generations.”
New Mexico’s public lands got a reprieve today when the sponsor of a bill that would have opened the door to privatizing our public lands and resources withdrew the legislation due to overwhelming public opposition.
This bill enjoys unusual broad, bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress and among many western local elected officials for the benefits it would provide to renewable energy development, western communities, and conservation.