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Gold Butte National Monument, one of Nevada's regions of protected public lands

The Monumental Fight to Protect Nevada’s Public Lands

This week, President Donald Trump is ordering a review of the past 21 years of his predecessors’ declarations of National Monuments. Yet before the Trump Administration announced its plans to the national media, we were following along as Nevada local leaders have expressed commitment to continue protecting our public lands. It’s another fascinating twist in the ongoing monumental fight to protect public lands. (more…)

Dirty Situation: The Hidden Costs of Methane Emissions

Last year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced new rules for methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The rules were to limit methane emissions from new fossil fuel infrastructure and require operators to submit to periodic monitoring. But this past February, the U.S. House passed a resolution to rescind the BLM rule. And last month, the Trump-era EPA announced the withdrawal of its methane rule. Were these Obama-era methane rules just…

Nevada Legislature Digs Deeper Into Public Lands Issues with Series of Bills

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature waded into the fight over the future of America’s public lands… And tended to side with forces who want many of these lands privatized. But this time, after then President Barack Obama declared Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments, this current Legislature seems primed to deliver a much different message on keeping public lands in public hands. (more…)

Nevada Legislature Dives Into Public Lands Fight with AB 277

For well over a decade, Clark County, mega-developer Jim Rhodes, and Save Red Rock have fought over Blue Diamond Hill near Red Rock Canyon. The Nevada Legislature is wading back into that fight with AB 277. The Nevada Supreme Court overturned the Legislature’s last attempt to limit development near Red Rock. How will this time be different? For one, Black Rock’s also involved. (more…)

“We Will Resist,” Chris Brooks on Why He’s Brought Yucca Mountain Fight to #NVLeg

Assembly Member Chris Brooks (D-Las Vegas) wasted no time after President Donald Trump revealed his federal budget request includes $120 million to revive the long-troubled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. He sprang into action. And now, the Nevada Legislature is considering AJR 10. Why should we care about this “symbolic” resolution? We spoke with Brooks himself, and let him make his case. (more…)

What’s the Matter With Red Rock?

Red Rock Canyon may not yet be as world-famous as the Las Vegas Strip casinos that keep Nevada’s economy humming, but Red Rock and other nearby natural treasures are increasingly part of the strategy to keep Nevada’s economy solid in the future. This may be why so many Nevadans are scratching their heads over the Clark County Commission’s vote that may open the door to 5,000 new homes nearby. What was that vote about? What’s the matter with Red Rock?…