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Natural Areas Are Disappearing. Lawmakers, Act Now.

Matt Lee-Ashley argues why lawmakers must act now to protect lands in the west.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Congress Should Confront the Rise of Violent Extremism on America’s Public Lands

Cliven Bundy article icon Issue Brief Congress can fight the growing threat of anti-government militants by taking steps to keep America’s public lands safe, open, and protected for future generations.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Ideological Assault on America’s National Parks

Matt Lee-Ashley and Jenny Rowland write that policymakers must reject attempts to seize public lands while also confronting the underlying ideology behind the anti-parks agenda of people such as the Bundy family.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Jenny Rowland | Friday, January 22, 2016

Too Hot to Handle

firefighter book_alt2 icon Report It is time for Congress to accept climate science, join the fight against climate change, and help Western communities defend themselves against hotter, bigger, and more dangerous wildfires.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, October 22, 2015

Confronting America’s Wildlife Extinction Crisis

wolverine book_alt2 icon Report A new classification for declining plant and animal populations would encourage the voluntary conservation of U.S. wildlife species before they reach the brink of extinction.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Nicole Gentile | Monday, October 19, 2015

New Protections for the Greater Sage Grouse Strengthen President Obama’s Conservation Record

Greater sage grouseThe historic measures announced to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat bolster President Obama’s conservation legacy.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Environmental Impacts of Exporting More American Crude Oil

Arches National ParkCongressional proposals to outsource American crude oil to foreign refineries would increase carbon pollution, land loss, and environmental risks.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Alison Cassady | Friday, August 21, 2015

Fair Share Scorecard

Gold King Mine book_alt2 icon Report U.S. taxpayers deserve a fair share of the revenues from drilling, mining, and other development on America’s public lands.

by Greg Zimmerman, Claire Moser, Jessica Goad, Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, August 17, 2015

Even With the Clean Power Plan, Federal Policies Still Favor Coal

Matt Lee-Ashley writes that taxpayers deserve a fair share from coal mining on public lands.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saving America’s Top Parks Program

Visitors view Half DomeThe Obama administration should postpone its next offshore oil and gas auction until Congress reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

With Fossil Fuels the Focus of Its First 100 Days, the New Congress Has No Results to Show

Sawtooth Berry FieldsForty-four percent of the Senate’s votes in 2015 have been on unpopular anti-environmental proposals and divisive fossil-fuel industry priorities. Congressional leaders will have to change their approach if they want results on energy and environmental issues.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Claire Moser | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cutting Greenhouse Gas from Fossil-Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands and Waters

A coal-fired power plant in New Mexico article icon Issue Brief A comprehensive emissions-reduction plan is needed to cut greenhouse gas pollution from energy development on public lands and waters to support U.S. climate change goals.

by Claire Moser, Joshua Mantell, Nidhi Thakar, Chase Huntley, Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Revitalizing Appalachia

Railroad book_alt2 icon Report Appalachian coal communities have faced decades of job losses, but policymakers can raise revenue to invest in these communities by ensuring that coal companies mining from federal lands pay their fair share.

by Gov. Ted Strickland, Greg Dotson, Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, February 9, 2015

The Government Should Begin to Measure America’s Powerful Outdoor Economy

shopper looks at kayaks article icon Issue Brief The outdoor economy, which now employs more Americans than the mining, drilling, and logging industries combined, should be recognized as a crucial sector of the U.S. economy and accurately measured. This is important not only for jobs, but also for economic growth and health.

by Matt Lee-Ashley, Claire Moser, Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cutting Subsidies and Closing Loopholes in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Coal Program

Piles of coal sit at a coal terminal article icon Issue Brief The biggest coal companies in the Powder River Basin are gaming the federal royalty system to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, January 6, 2015