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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

The Fossil-Fuel Industry Spent Big to Set the Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next Congress

Homer City Generating StationThe coal, oil, and gas industries spent more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in the 2014 election cycle. The question is: What will be the return on that investment?

by Claire Moser and Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, December 22, 2014

Reducing Methane Pollution from Fossil-Fuel Production on America’s Public Lands

natural gas flare article icon Issue Brief Reducing methane emissions from all stages of fossil-fuel production on federal lands is a necessary component of a comprehensive strategy to address climate change.

by Claire Moser, Nidhi Thakar, and Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, October 6, 2014

Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program Works

Infographic thumbnailSeptember 3 marks 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without action by Congress, however, the fund will expire in 2015 and America will lose its best parks program.

by Claire Moser, Matt Lee-Ashley, Nidhi Thakar, Pete Morelewicz, and Preeth Srinivasaraghavan | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fact Sheet: 5 Things You Should Know About Powder River Basin Coal Exports

A ship is docked in Norfolk, Virginia. article icon Fact Sheet CAP experts explain why vast amounts of federal coal mined in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana may soon be headed for Asian markets, and why policymakers should be concerned.

by Nathan Joo, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International

Oil&Gas book_alt2 icon Report The growing influence of the oil and gas industry on the NRA, Safari Club International, and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is reshaping the politics, policies, and priorities of American land and wildlife conservation.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

5 Steps to Improve Safety and Avoid More Government Waste in King Cove, Alaska

IzembekDecision makers can find common-sense solutions to the important health and safety concerns of King Cove, Alaska, while avoiding more wasted taxpayer spending on a “Road to Nowhere.”

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, April 14, 2014

Better Reflecting Our Country’s Growing Diversity

article icon Issue Brief We need to make our national park system more inclusive and reflective of the totality of the diverse American experience.

by Jessica Goad, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Farah Z. Ahmad | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why President Obama Should Discuss Conservation for the First Time in His State of the Union Address

The president should use his executive authority to protect our public lands for future generations, create jobs, and honor our natural and cultural heritage.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Jessica Goad | Friday, January 24, 2014

A Turning Point for the Bureau of Land Management

Utah national park storm article icon Issue Brief Five years after the Bush administration’s oil and gas debacle near Utah’s national parks, a smarter approach to land management is within reach.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Jessica Goad | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can Absorb

Truck hauls coalPublic lands can help solve the climate crisis rather than worsen it.

by Jessica Goad and Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, December 5, 2013