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  • Not just Party City: Why helium shortages worry scientists and researchers

    05/18/2019 12:23:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2019 | Mary Pflum
    This month’s announcement from Party City that it’s closing more than 40 stores as it grapples with new challenges, including diminishing helium supplies, likely came as unwelcome news to customers who count on the store for their balloon and event planning needs. But for scientists like Mark Elsesser, the announcement was something of a relief, inflating hopes that the public, and the government, might start paying closer attention. “When it comes to helium, we’re at a tipping point,” said Elsesser, who is the associate director of government affairs at the American Physical Society, a nonprofit association of physicists. “Party City...
  • Trump's Interior Department Gives Workers A Month To Relocate Out West Or Risk Getting Fired

    11/12/2019 6:54:17 PM PST · by deks · 98 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 12, 2019 | Chris White
    The Trump administration reportedly notified hundreds of Interior Department employees Tuesday that they will have 30 days to relocate to western states or face the potential of job terminations. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is relocating 27 employees from Washington, D.C., to the agency’s new headquarters in Colorado and another 220 to field offices out West, Government Executive (GE) reported Tuesday. The relocated employees reportedly have until Dec. 12 to agree to the move; if they don’t accept the terms, then they’ll be fired. This is not the first time federal employees have been asked to relocate. Department of...
  • Governor asks Trump to “intervene” against deep state

    04/27/2019 4:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | April 27, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Somebody is having trouble with the deep state, and this time it’s not President Trump. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) is asking the president for help tackling what he views as entrenched workers in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (yes… I’m serious) who have been working to thwart oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Bet you didn’t see that one coming. (Government Executive) A governor is asking the president to intervene with career federal employees, accusing them of “undermining” the sale of lands that would benefit his state.In a letter to President Trump dated...
  • Sidelined Because She Rejects Radical Green Agendas?

    04/06/2019 3:30:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2019 | Paul Driessen
    Aurelia Skipwith has a BS in biology from Howard University, a Master’s in molecular genetics from Purdue and a law degree from Kentucky. She has worked as a molecular analyst and sustainable agriculture partnership manager. She was also co-founder and general counsel for AVC Global, a Washington, D.C.-based agricultural supply chain development company that helps small farmers link up with multinational buyers and with agronomy, business, financial and other service providers. For two years, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Interior Department, where she performed her duties so well that last October President Trump nominated her to become...
  • Enviros not happy with Bernhardt's nomination

    02/05/2019 9:45:41 AM PST · by cowpoke · 13 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 2/4/19 | myself
    “Bernhardt got this nomination as a reward for months of work cramming America’s natural heritage into a wood chipper,” Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “He’s already done more damage to our environment than anyone else in Interior Department history. Confirming him as Interior secretary would be a boon to polluters and a colossal disaster for our public lands and endangered species.” Center for Western Priorities' Executive Director Jennifer Rokala called Bernhardt's nomination "an affront to America's parks and public lands." "As an oil and gas lobbyist, Bernhardt pushed to open...
  • BREAKING: President Trump Announces a New Interior Secretary

    02/04/2019 12:59:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    President Trump announced Monday afternoon he will nominate Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior. Donald J. Trump âś”@realDonaldTrump I am pleased to announce that David Bernhardt, Acting Secretary of the Interior, will be nominated as Secretary of the Interior. David has done a fantastic job from the day he arrived, and we look forward to having his nomination officially confirmed! 18.7K 12:13 PM - Feb 4, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 6,746 people are talking about this Bernhardt took on the acting position last fall when then Interior Secretary Ryan...
  • Feds Discover Largest Oil, Natural-Gas Reserve in History

    12/06/2018 2:26:32 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 124 replies
    National Review ^ | December 6, 2018 | MAIREAD MCARDLE
    The federal government has discovered a massive new reserve of oil and natural gas in Texas and New Mexico that it says has the “largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.” “Christmas came a few weeks early this year,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said of the new reserve, which is believed to have enough energy to fuel the U.S. for nearly seven years. In all, the new reserve is said to contain 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 46.3 billion barrels of oil, and 20 billion barrels of natural-gas liquids, the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological...
  • Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration

    12/06/2018 1:01:49 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Coral Davenport
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird that roams across nearly 11 million acres in 10 oil-rich Western states. The earlier proposal to protect the bird, whose waning numbers have brought it close to endangerment, was put forth under the Interior Department in 2015 and set out to ban or sharply reduce oil and gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of its habitat. The Trump plan, by contrast, would limit the grouse’s protected habitat to just 1.8 million...
  • In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

    12/03/2018 1:40:01 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 107 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2018 | Henry Fountain and Steve Eder
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears. Aside from a Native village at its northern tip, civilization has not dented its 19 million acres, an area the size of South Carolina. There are no roads and no visitors beyond the occasional hunter and backpacker. But the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a federally protected place of austere beauty that during a recent flyover was painted white by heavy snowfall — is...
  • Interior Secretary Zinke accuses House Dem of ‘drunken and hostile behavior’ after call to resign

    11/30/2018 12:15:12 PM PST · by DFG · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/30/2018 | Alex Pappas
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ripped into Arizona Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday and accused him of past “drunken and hostile behavior” after the lawmaker called for the Cabinet member’s resignation earlier in the day. In a remarkably scathing Twitter post, Zinke referenced past news reports that Grijalva in 2015 paid a female aide on Capitol Hill nearly $50,000 in a taxpayer-funded settlement after she complained about his drinking and office environment. “It is hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke said of Grijalva. “This is coming from a man who used nearly $50,000...
  • Porn-Watching Employee Infected Government Networks With Russian Malware, IG Says

    10/29/2018 12:50:00 PM PDT · by detective · 61 replies
    Nextgov ^ | October 25, 2018 | Jack Corrigan
    An Interior Department watchdog recommended the U.S. Geological Survey ratchet up internet security protocols after discovering its networks had been infected with malware from pornography sites. The agency’s inspector general traced the malicious software to a single unnamed USGS employee, who reportedly used a government-issued computer to visit some 9,000 adult video sites, according to a report published Oct. 17. Many of the prohibited pages were linked to Russian websites containing malware, which was ultimately downloaded to the employee’s computer and used to infiltrate USGS networks, auditors found. The investigation found the employee saved much of the pornographic material on...
  • Ryan Zinke: Naval blockade is an option for dealing with Russia

    09/29/2018 2:16:19 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sep 28, 2018 | John Siciliano
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the U.S. Navy can blockade Russia if needed to keep it from controlling energy supplies in the Middle East as it does in Europe. "The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open..." Zinke said on Friday at an industry event in Pittsburgh hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance. He was there to explain why hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the shale energy boom has given the U.S. an edge over its rivals Russia and Iran, by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy....
  • The Bureau of Land Management Belongs in Utah, Still National Federal Agency

    09/08/2018 2:22:43 PM PDT · by El Flaco · 18 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/31/2018 | Tribune Editorial Board
    Headquarter the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Utah? Absolutely. Just don’t start thinking it will be the Utah Bureau of Land Management.
With the encouragement of Rep. Rob Bishop and Gov. Gary Herbert, Acting Assistant Secretary of Interior Susan Combs came to town this week to discuss a possible move to either Salt Lake City or Ogden. Her boss, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has pushed the idea of moving more of Interior’s work to the western United States where most federal lands are.
  • Hundreds Of Federal Employees Will Be Moved Out Of DC

    08/10/2018 3:57:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 122 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/10/18 | Tim Pearce
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving two agencies and roughly 700 federal employees out of Washington, D.C., to save money and improve the department’s service to taxpayers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be fully moved out of the nation’s capital by 2020, according to the USDA. A location hasn’t been picked yet.“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Perdue said in a statement. “In our Administration, we have looked critically at...
  • Interior's wildlife chief resigns amid changes to endangered species rules....

    08/09/2018 4:03:34 PM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 8/9/2018 | John Siciliano
    The changes that the Interior Department has proposed for managing endangered species would give 'greater discretion to states' focused on the recovery of animal species and avoiding lawsuits by environmental groups. The Interior Department confirmed the departure of Greg Sheehan, the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service ..Sheehan was appointed in June 2017 to be principal deputy secretary for the agency, a position carved out for him until a permanent secretary to head the agency was nominated. Sheehan had served on the Utah wildlife management service before coming to Washington. There , he oversaw the development of state-based management...
  • California and Conservatism: Conditions Exist for Conservatism's Revival in the Interior

    06/04/2018 9:03:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/04/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I share some of the sentiments of Jay Nordlinger’s Corner post expressing confidence that some day in the future there may be hope for California conservatism. That’s why I continue to live in the house that I grew up in, despite vast changes in the nature of the rural community I was born into. But I would take sharp issue with Jay’s statement that current critics of the direction of the state are somehow either prejudicial or dispirited: A lot of us conservatives have long written it off. California is too changed: too brown, too illegal, too bloated, too listless....
  • Employee of liberal activist group charged with assaulting Zinke staffer

    03/20/2018 5:47:25 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/20/18 | Julia Manchester
    An operative for American Bridge 21st Century (Founder DAVID BROCK), a pro-Democrat political action committee, has been charged with assaulting a staffer working for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to the Associated Press. Wilfred Stark was charged with simple assault after he allegedly approached Zinke, yelling at him, outside of a hearing. Stark then “used his full body to push” Zinke's spokeswoman, Heather Swift, as she moved to leave the room, according to the police report cited by the AP. “He is a big guy. He came up behind me fast, aggressive and very physical,” Swift said in a statement...
  • Leaders unsure of infrastructure impact on Valley

    02/15/2018 10:08:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Waynesboro News Virginian ^ | February 12, 2018 | Bob Stuart
    WAYNESBORO — President Trump's national infrastructure plan announced Monday that calls for a $1.5 trillion investment in roads, bridges and the rest of America's crumbling infrastructure, provides for about $200 billion in federal funds. The remainder of dollars would have to come from state, local and private sources. For the Shenandoah Valley, the good infrastructure plan news includes funding to help with the maintenance backlog in the national parks, including Shenandoah National Park, where there is a $56 million maintenance backlog. However, a couple of local government officials and one of Virginia's U.S. senators interviewed expressed doubt about the trickle...
  • Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

    02/14/2018 6:37:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2018 7:35 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that largely ignores state boundaries. Zinke wants to divide most of the department’s 70,000 employees and their responsibilities into 13 regions based on rivers and ecosystems, instead of the current map based mostly on state lines. The proposal would relocate many of the Interior Department’s top decision-makers from Washington to still-undisclosed cities in the West. The headquarters of some of its major bureaus also would...
  • Zinke signs agreement to allow ‘live-saving’ road between Alaska tribal village, airport

    01/22/2018 1:57:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaskan tribal members have fought for decades to win approval for a 12-mile road between their remote Aleutian fishing village and a critical all-weather airport, and the federal government’s shutdown wasn’t going to get in their way. At an emotional ceremony Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an agreement for a land exchange that will allow construction of a road between King Cove and an all-weather airport in Cold Bay. The Obama administration blocked the project because of concerns about its impact on a wildlife refuge. Signing the deal on behalf of the King Cove Native Corp. was finance manager...