The ECOreport reposts a response to the Congressional Review of a proposed Deputy Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest
Press Release from Mojave Desert Land Trust
Joshua Tree, CA – Today, David Bernhardt underwent congressional review for his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary, the second ranking official in the Department of the Interior. Despite his prior experience at the Department of the Interior during the Bush administration, Bernhardt has a long history of lobbying against the agency as a partner at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Bernhardt conducted legal work for Cadiz Inc., a company that aims to drain water from an aquifer in the Mojave Trails National Monument for use in coastal communities.
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The ECOreport looks at America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments
By Roy L Hales
President Donald Trump may soon become the first U.S. President to ever revoke the status of federal lands designated as national monuments. He is concerned that “wasteful regulations … create barriers to achieving energy independence” and curtail “economic growth.” So today Trump signed America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments.
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The Artists for the Monuments campaign Joins Thousandsin Support of Senator Feinstein’s Desert Monuments Proposal
Press Release Mojave Desert Land Trust
Joshua Tree, CA – A significant group of working artists and cultural leaders from across the country have joined together in support of the efforts to protect millions of acres of pristine public lands in the California Desert. The “Artists for the Monuments” support Senator Dianne Feinstein’s call to President Obama to use the Antiquities Act in designating three new national monuments in the California Desert – Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains. These areas are considered to be one of the most intact, wild and untouched ecosystems in the lower 48 states.
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A public Letter from the Mojave Desert Land Trust, Supporting Feinstein’s Desert Monument Proposal as the route to ensure protection of vulnerable landscapes & habitats
Press Release from the Mojave Desert Land Trust
On Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Senator Dianne Feinstein hosted officials from the Obama Administration, the U.S. Congress, the state of California, and County and local governments to discuss and listen to public comment on the proposed Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monument designations.
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By Roy L Hales
Many people think of the Mojave desert as a brown wasteland, stretching between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is a good place to put industrial scale solar and wind energy projects, but of little intrinsic value. Senator Dianne Feinstein disagrees. She has tried to introduce legislation protecting this area three times since 2009, and recently wrote President Obama requesting that he designate more than a million acres monuments under the Federal Antiquities Act. This includes the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains. What makes the Mojave so important?
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