States Win Hollow Victory Over Trump’s Favors to Oil, Gas & Coal

California and New Mexico won a hollow victory on Wednesday, as a federal judge found the U.S. Department of Interior unlawfully postponed a royalties rule for oil, gas and coal companies’ benefit – but refused to reinstate the rule. 

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Judge Delays Ruling on Trump’s Fossil-Fuel Favors, Fearing Mootness

A federal judge said Tuesday that the Trump administration improperly delayed a rule to boost state royalties for oil, gas and coal extracted on public lands, but she declined to issue a ruling because an impending repeal might moot the case.

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Unease as Trump Reviews San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

A stunning backdrop to the City of Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument is one of six under federal review in California. While some stakeholders are confident President Barack Obama’s 346,000-acre designation will escape unscathed, others are not so sure. 

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Sonoran Desert Lovers Fight Possible Delisting of Arizona Monument

President Bill Clinton created the Sonoran Desert National Monument by executive order in 2001 to serve as an example of what the Sonoran Desert could look like if untouched by the fast-growing urban sprawl of Phoenix. Nearly two decades later, the monument’s creation has been called into question by the Trump administration.

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