Department of the Interior


Valley of the Gods was excised from Bears Ears National Monument as part of the 2018 monument reduction. Biden's Day One executive actions direct the Interior Department to examine and potentially reverse this and more than 30 other actions taken by the previous administration. Photo: nat693/Adobe Stock

President Biden’s Fast Start at the Interior Department

, Senior fellow

As a former senior executive and whistleblower at the Interior Department, I have been paying close attention to what President Biden’s Day One actions mean for my former agency. There are more announcements to come—and it’s important for the science community to make sure these announcements turn into real action—but so far this is a super start and good news for the agency’s mission. Read more >

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Internal Emails Show Discord as Interior Department Moves to Gut Migratory Birds Rule

, Climate scientist

If the Department of the Interior had listened to legal and public opinion, it would have dropped its efforts to finalize a rule allowing the deaths of thousands of migratory birds. Instead the effort goes on, even as newly revealed emails show that Interior upended the normal review process for its controversial reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read more >

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The Trump administration is fast-tracking its attempts to lock the federal government into binding contracts for drilling in the undeveloped coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, pictured here in this satellite image. Photo: NASA

Trump’s Rushed Oil Leasing in the Arctic: A Dumpster Fire of Desperation, Greed, and Crippling Loyalty Tests

, Senior fellow

The Trump administration is desperate to lock the federal government into binding contracts for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is the ultimate goal of all their science-busting, and runs counter to their stewardship responsibilities on behalf of all Americans. Read more >

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Want More Science-Based Policies? Start by Protecting the Scientists

, Climate scientist

President-elect Biden has repeatedly said that he will listen to the scientists. While this is certainly a welcome change, listening can only take us so far. We need action to establish scientific integrity policies and laws that prevent the suppression and distortion of scientific research, prohibit retaliations against scientists, and usher in a new era of science-based policymaking. Read more >

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Interior Department Suppresses Study on Polar Bears to Plunder Alaska’s Arctic, Then Caves to Pressure

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Interior’s decision to allow drilling in the Alaskan Arctic skirts the law and sidelines science in order to make a wholly political decision. And that’s wrong. Read more >

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