President Trump is set to announce a plan to shrink the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monument, the latter created by President Obama one year ago this month. Trump’s action will mark an important milestone in the story of these two red buttes which has become an outsized symbol for a slew of western issues.
President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments designated by former presidents over the past two decades. Clearly in the cross-hairs is the Bear’s Ears National Monument, created by President Obama in December of 2016. That monument was widely opposed by Utah politicians and they are asking President Trump to rescind the designation or shrink the monument size.
Inside Energy, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS and Fast Forward Films, presents “Beyond Standing Rock” a documentary exploring the conflict surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and the struggle for Native American rights against the backdrop of the new Trump administration.
Wyoming wind is powerful but not when it isn’t blowing. And that’s the problem with electricity generated by wind: the supply isn’t reliable. One solution? Storage. Deep underground in Utah salt caves. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.
Fossil fuel production on federal and Indian land is down over the past decade, in contrast to a big boost in production across the rest of the country. Why does it matter if the land that sits on top of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – is federal, Indian, or private? One word: money.
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