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For President Obama, It Is All About Veto Power Now

Clinton vetoThe new Congress that will begin in January will likely mean a broad assault on public lands conservation. President Obama should follow the lead of former President Clinton and wield the veto pen.

by Tom Kenworthy | Monday, November 10, 2014

Balancing Act in the West: How America’s Playground Can Be a Model for Recreation and Drilling

Moab play_alt icon Video This video explores how the Obama administration’s drilling reforms could protect the robust recreation economy of the Moab area and the spectacular desert landscapes that attract visitors from around the world.

by Tom Kenworthy and Andrew Satter | Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Obama Administration’s Enthusiasm for Coal Sales Undermines Its Climate Program

coal leasingThe administration’s desire to sell coal leases undermines its promise to fight carbon pollution.

by Tom Kenworthy | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Big Coal’s Export Lifeboat Hits Stormy Seas

Coal exportsThe coal industry’s export strategy faces decreasing financial value and will increase environmental damage.

by Tom Kenworthy | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Interior Department Is Halfway to Its New Renewables Goal, But Hurdles Remain

President Barack ObamaThe Obama administration is seeking to double production of clean energy from public lands, a vital front in the war on climate change.

by Tom Kenworthy | Friday, August 9, 2013

A Blueprint for Balance

Public lands book_alt2 icon Report The Obama administration and Congress must bridge the divide between the current focus in federal policy on promoting oil and gas development and the public’s demand for greater access to recreational opportunities and protections of lands for future generations.

by Matt Lee-Ashley, Christy Goldfuss, Jessica Goad, Tom Kenworthy, Nada Culver, Brian O'Donnell, Greg Zimmerman, Ti Hays | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fracking Can Strain U.S. Water Supplies

The process of hydraulic fracturing and drilling uses a lot of water, and there’s no silver-bullet alternative to help protect our water sources.

by Tom Kenworthy | Friday, June 14, 2013

A Continued Push for Reform Is Needed on Public Lands’ Energy Leasing

Secretary of the Interior article icon Issue Brief The new secretary of the interior can do a great deal to ensure that fossil-fuel development on federal lands is done in ways and with limits that better protect health, safety, and the environment.

by Tom Kenworthy | Monday, May 13, 2013

State Efforts to ‘Reclaim’ Our Public Lands

Ken Ivory article icon Issue Brief The American Legislative Exchange Council is working with other conservative groups to get the federal government to turn over our public lands to states for profit.

by Jessica Goad and Tom Kenworthy | Monday, March 11, 2013

Fighting for Better Oil and Gas Drilling Regulations

Oil wellStates, cities, and communities across the nation are working to better regulate oil and gas development and fracking in the wake of a drilling boom.

by Tom Kenworthy | Monday, February 4, 2013

States Continue to Realize the Benefits of Renewable Energy Standards

Wind energyState lawmakers should not enact legislation written by ALEC and the Heartland Institute that repeals renewable energy standards.

by Matt Kasper and Tom Kenworthy | Friday, January 18, 2013

Local-State Clashes over Oil and Gas Drilling

Colorado Natural Gas WellA recent boom in oil and gas drilling, especially from fracking, has concerned citizens clashing with energy companies and local and state governments about regulation.

by Tom Kenworthy | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Video Series: Public Lands, Private Profits

play_alt icon Video Andrew Satter and CAP's Public Lands team investigate three precious spaces under threat from resource extraction.

by Andrew Satter, Jessica Goad, Tom Kenworthy, Christy Goldfuss | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Western Wildfires Getting Worse in a Warming World

Tom Kenworthy explains that we can expect more raging fires unless we get at the root of the problem: climate change.

by Tom Kenworthy | Monday, July 9, 2012

Series Preview: Public Lands, Private Profits

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust that could be threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them.

by Andrew Satter, Jessica Goad, Tom Kenworthy, Christy Goldfuss | Monday, July 2, 2012