Profit at Any Cost: How Some Hedge Funds Win by Making Sure Puerto Rico Loses

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Treasure for the Taking: America Gives Away Billions’ Worth of Hardrock Minerals

Treasure for the Taking America Gives Away Billions' Worth of Hardrock Minerals Mining companies, many of them foreign-owned, take billions of dollars' worth of gold, silver and other hardrock minerals from America's public lands every year-free of charge. They are able to do this because of the anachronistic General Mining Act of 1872, which was originally passed to help settle the West. The law allows companies to freely prospect for hardrock minerals across almost 500 million acres of feder… Continue Reading


Playing with Fire: Budgeting for Extreme Wildfires is a Disaster

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2014Contact:Jen Gilbreath (Resources), 202-225-4081 REPORT: BUDGET CUTS FORCE AGENCIES TO RAID PREVENTION FUNDS TO FIGHT MASSIVE WILDFIRES Over $500 million "borrowed" from fire prevention and restoration programs Washington, D.C. - A new report, released today by Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR), shows that deep budget cuts have hindered efforts by the U.S. Forest Service (Service) and the Department of Interior (DOI… Continue Reading


Markey Report: Americans Still at Risk from Dangerous Offshore Drilling Practices

Oil Companies Suffering Safety Lapses Three Years After BP Spill, Data Show; Congressman Asks EPA to Continue BP Debarment from Federal Contracts WASHINGTON (May 10, 2013) - A new report, released today by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), shows that oil and gas companies drilling offshore in the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer major safety lapses three years after the BP spill and that penalties are still insufficient to deter risky practices. The report, prepared by Rep. Markey's staff on … Continue Reading


Markey Report: Oil Companies Pocketing Billions of Dollars in Free Drilling

Taxpayers, Congress Squandering up to $40 Billion as Nation Stares Down Sequester, Gas Prices Hit Highs; Report Details Company-by-company Windfalls WASHINGTON (February 26, 2013) - A new report, released today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), shows how more than 100 oil and gas companies are drilling in U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico without paying royalties to the American people. Nearly 40 percent of these active royalty-free leases are fully or partially owned by foreign governments. The rep… Continue Reading


Markey: GOP Sequester Threatens Energy Development, Safety and the Environment

Releases Analysis Showing Crushing Budget Cuts in Store for Oil and Gas Drilling, Exposing GOP Hypocrisy on Oil Production WASHINGTON (February 19, 2013) - Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today called on Republicans to end their hypocrisy on the sequester and oil and gas development, pointing to looming budget cuts that will decimate the Interior Department's ability to lease public land, issue permits for drilling, and enforce safety regulations to protect the environment. Rep. Markey released an ana… Continue Reading


As Historic Storm Approaches New England, Rep. Markey Releases Report on Climate Change’s Effects on Region

Sea-level Rise, Extreme Storms, Other Climate Effects Threaten New England Lives, Livelihoods WASHINGTON (October 25, 2012) - Weather forecasters are now saying the likelihood of Hurricane Sandy hitting New England in some fashion is increasing, delivering what could be the worst weather conditions since the Perfect Storm of 1991. Climate change scientists, meanwhile, have released study after study saying the extreme weather effects and changing climate of New England will result in storms tha… Continue Reading


New Report Shows Which Companies Are Not Using Drilling Leases

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2012) - During last Tuesday's Presidential debate, President Barack Obama called out oil companies for leaving oil drilling leases of public land idle, repeating calls from his administration and Congressional Democrats for the oil companies to "Use It or Lose It." A new investigative report released today tells Americans for the first time exactly which companies are not using -- and also not losing -- oil drilling leases in offshore areas in the Gulf of Mexico, withhol… Continue Reading


New Report Details 223 House Votes against Clean Energy, for Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2012) - A new report details the 223 votes the House of Representatives has cast over the last two years to undercut wind, solar and energy efficiency and provide special favors to the fossil fuel industry. The report, released by the Democratic staff of the Natural Resources Committee, at the direction of Ranking Member Ed Markey (D-Mass.), provides a comprehensive view of the extreme ideological leanings on energy from the most do-nothing Congress in history. The report… Continue Reading


Deadly Connection: Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Reps. Markey and Waxman Release New Report Detailing Climate Change's Impact on Our Weather WASHINGTON (September 25, 2012) - After record-breaking heat, destructive wildfires, droughts and storms punished communities across the United States this year, two House Democrats are asking Congress to recognize the steep cost of climate change's steroidal effect on extreme weather. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) today released a report that details the scientific links betwe… Continue Reading


Analysis of Romney-Ryan “Oil Above All” Plan

WASHINGTON (August 23, 2012) - The "oil above all" energy plan released today by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would reduce the safety of drilling operations, hand over control of taxpayer-owned land to oil companies, and protect $4 billion in tax subsidies for oil companies while allowing 40,000 American wind energy jobs to disappear in the next year. These impacts and others are detailed in an analysis of the Romney-Ryan energy scheme that was released today by the Democratic staff o… Continue Reading


Analysis of Ryan Budget Cuts to National Resources Programs

National Parks, Wildfires, Native American Health, Fishing All Impacted by Destructive Plan WASHINGTON (August 21, 2012) - The budget proposal devised by Republican Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would potentially close National Parks, cut off valuable water resources to the West, slash clean energy funding, encourage more destructive wildfires, and put the health of Native Americans at risk. These impacts were detailed today in an analysis released by the Natur… Continue Reading


Drought’s Impact on Energy Production and Water

New Markey report connects the dots between climate change, energy production and water needs Washington, D.C. (August 17, 2012) - New polling shows Americans' concerns about the drought and the extreme weather events that have punished our nation this year are on the rise. Their concerns are real: Nuclear power plants are shutting down over water concerns. Farmers and ranchers are suffering from fewer crop yields and higher feed prices. Families will pay more at the grocery store. The drought … Continue Reading


Tax Free Tar Sands

Treasury Giving Tar Sands Free Ride into Oil Spill Response Fund; Comes on Heels of Second Enbridge Spill of Canadian Oil WASHINGTON (July 31, 2012) - An ill-informed decision by the Internal Revenue Service saying tar sands is not actually crude oil is giving tar sands oil a free ride from paying a tax which funds an oil spill cleanup fund, even though tar sands oil has properties that cause it to be costlier when it spills, and is more corrosive, posing increased risks to pipelines during tra… Continue Reading


Offshore Drilling and Foreign Terror: Iran, Syria, and America’s Oil Industry

Introduction: Iran is currently the world's most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism, and is actively attempting to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Syria is currently engaging in a barbaric purge of its own citizens, after decades of brutal rule over its citizens. These countries do not deserve American economic investment, nor is it allowed under many current laws. Several oil companies were forced in recent years to cease their investments in Iran's energy development. In fact five com… Continue Reading


Mole Hills out of Mountains & Our Pain Their Gain Mountains Destroyed for Coal Shipped Overseas

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2012) - Republican allegations that the Department of Interior has acted improperly in preparing a new rule to protect streams from mountaintop removal mining are without merit, according to a report released today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The report, which was prepared by the Committee's Democratic staff at the request… Continue Reading


Understanding H.R. 2842 - Hydropower Development

To Download a copy of this document, CLICK HERE. The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the nation, operating 348 reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 245 million acre-feet of water. These reservoirs provide irrigation water to 10 million farmland acres through hundreds of miles of canals. There has been some interest in developing small-conduit hydropower at Reclamation water canals and pipelines. H.R. 2842 would amend the Reclamation Project Act of 1939… Continue Reading


Drill Here, Sell There, Pay More

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2012) - Concerned that the wholesale export of American-made natural gas could raise prices for consumers and businesses, Rep. Ed Markey's (D-Mass.) today released a report, prepared at his request by the House Natural Resources Committee's Democratic staff, exposing the perils of large-scale natural gas exports for the U.S. economy. Included in the report is new information from the Department of Energy Secretary indicating that the agency will not approve any new export li… Continue Reading


Cutting Off the Headwaters: An Analysis of H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Uncertainty Act

This vote also will occur on the same day as the Republican efforts in the House to open up the East, West and Florida coasts to drilling in their futile attempt to pass a transportation bill. WASHINGTON (February 16, 2012) - Today the Natural Resources Committee will vote on legislation that would wrest control of state water rights away from California, undo a local settlement over water rights that was decades in the making, and revert back to mid-1990s endangered species analysis to allow a… Continue Reading


Drilling Dysfunction: How the Failure to Oversee Drilling on Public Lands Endangers Health and the Environment

The report finds that from 1998 to 2011, more than two thousand violations were handed out by the U.S. Department of Interior to oil and gas companies drilling on taxpayer-owned lands. Some were issued to companies for not installing the now-infamous blowout preventer. Some were for poorly protecting the walls of the well from potentially leaking gas, oil or fluids. In dozens of cases, oil and gas companies even started to drill on federal lands before their permit was fully approved. The repor… Continue Reading

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