Public Lands & Waters Defense
Friends of the Earth’s Public Lands and Waters Defense campaign seeks to expose and rout out corruption and conflicts of interest at Trump and Zinke’s Department of the Interior (DOI). In doing so we will prevent agency leadership from carrying out actions, rollbacks, and land and ocean giveaways that benefit their friends in the fossil fuel industry.
This work seeks to replicate our successful efforts during the George W. Bush Administration to expose ethics violations involving Deputy Secretary of the Interior J. Steven Griles, who eventually resigned from DOI and in 2007 was sentenced to ten months in prison.
Through opposition research, media work, and advocacy we are calling for Congress and the Inspector General's office to engage in oversight and hold Zinke and DOI accountable. This grassroots pressure is already yielding results. Three of Trump’s DOI nominees were sent back at the end of 2017 and had to be renominated. The Bundy family lawyer Karen Budd-Falen has yet to be nominated as Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and it is increasingly unlikely that she will be. DOI was forced to back away from plans to triple some entrance fees at national parks, and near universal opposition by coastal states to DOI's offshore drilling plan as well as missteps by Interior have led to questions about Zinke’s competency.
Trump and Zinke want to sell off our lands and waters to Big Oil. We need your help to fight for our health and environment at every step.
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As the African Development Bank (AfDB) kicks off its first-ever Africa Investment Forum in South Africa, a new analysis released today finds that the AfDB’s own support for the most cost-effective energy access solutions lags far behind what is needed.
If the DOI Inspector General believes Zinke broke the law, the Secretary must be removed from office as quickly as possible.
Friends of the Earth today published a digitized version of the 2017 handwritten visitor logs for the Department of Interior main building in Washington, D.C., which were released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Democrats in the House must hold administration officials accountable for their unethical and illegal actions. They should start with the Department of Interior and its Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing no less than 17 federal investigations.
As the director of BLM she could have the power to sell off our public lands to fossil fuel interests, embolden militant ranchers, gut critical environmental safeguards, pollute our vulnerable waterways, and leave an irreversible scar on our wild places.
There are plenty of reasons for people who value the environment to be horrified by Trump’s tax plan, which is set to pump more carbon in the atmosphere and more profits into the wallets of polluters.
The idea of pricing millions of Americans out of visiting our beloved spaces is wholly un-American. Zinke’s decision prioritizes the elite over the general public, and further undermines the challenges facing low-income families and individuals.
Thanks to Friends of the Earth members voicing their opinions, three national monuments have been taken off the chopping block.