2017: A Year of the Resistance

Ahead of President Trump's State of the Union address, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) staff released a year-end report today titled, 2017: A Year of the Resistance to highlight the relentless attacks Republicans in Congress and the administration have made on our country's foundational environmental policies. Republicans have successfully undermined key environmental laws and have introduced new pieces of legislation that put our public lands, waters, clean energy supply, and… Continue Reading


#InteriorToo: Addressing sexual harassment across the Department of the Interior starts with strong anti-harassment policies

A Jan. 25, 2018, report by the Natural Resources Committee Democrats on reforming sexual harassment policies at the Interior Department.… Continue Reading


Missing the Mark 2017 Update

An update and progress check for the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats' "Missing the Mark" report on trophy hunting, originally released in June 2016.… Continue Reading


SEDRA Section by Section Analysis

A section-by-section analysis of the Sustainable Energy Development Reform Act, the Democratic blueprint for a clean energy economy and a fair return for taxpayers.… Continue Reading


Fossil Apostles: Fossil Fuels, the GOP, and the Fate of Our National Monuments

A report from Ranking Member Grijalva on the Trump administration's "review" of 27 national monuments with an eye to shrinking them or rescinding their conservation status. The review, which was expected to be completed shortly after this report was made public, has been plagued by a lack of public input, Interior Secretary Zinke's refusal to meet with pro-monument stakeholders, unclear criteria and little transparency, and heavy industry influence on the administration's fossil fuel policies.… Continue Reading


GAO Report on BLM Waiving of Oil and Gas Lease Stipulations May 9 2017


Water Delayed is Water Denied

Report finds that nearly 48 percent of U.S. homes on Native American land - in contrast to less than 1 percent of U.S. homes overall - do not have access to reliable water sources, clean drinking water or basic sanitation, a problem exacerbated by the refusal of today's Republican congressional majority to approve water rights settlements.… Continue Reading


Interior Could Do More to Account for and Manage Natural Gas Emissions


Missing the Mark: African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits

This report was issued June 13, 2016 by the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Staff.… Continue Reading


Bruised and Bitten: How Major Spending Cuts in Puerto Rico Have Left The Island Vulnerable to Zika


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

This report examines the role of hedge funds in this crisis. It finds that certain hedge funds are attempting to rewrite recent financial and political history in order to capitalize on the island's financial difficulties at the expense of the residents of Puerto Rico, who are American citizens.… Continue Reading


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

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