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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.

Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners

By: - May 6, 2021

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would […]

Senate Republicans rip into Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause

By: - April 28, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee excoriated the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leasing at a hearing Tuesday, illustrating the political pressure the administration faces as it reviews federal energy development policy. Under intense questioning from Republicans about the revenue impacts, legality and duration of the leasing pause, […]

Haaland asks for federal funding for Interior to fight climate change, aid Native Americans

By: - April 26, 2021

In her first congressional hearing as the leader of the Interior Department, Secretary Deb Haaland fielded questions from members of a U.S. House spending panel last week on the major conservation and energy initiatives that President Joe Biden has outlined. She was noncommittal Tuesday about some contentious and high-profile items of deep interest to Western […]

Biden taps former Bay Mills president for Indian Affairs post

By: - April 23, 2021

The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden will nominate Bryan Newland, who recently completed a term as the tribal president of the Bay Mills Indian Community, an Ojibwe tribe in Michigan, to be assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, with a certificate […]

Panel splits on regulation of ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

By: - April 16, 2021

Members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel agreed Thursday on the need to clean up and cap abandoned oil and gas wells, but disagreed along party lines about the extent of the federal government’s role in well regulation. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing was held to consider a bill introduced by Rep. Teresa Leger […]

Biden’s budget aims to fight climate change, promote conservation, aid Native Americans

By: - April 12, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first budget request laid out on Friday reflects the administration’s commitments to advancing conservation and combating climate change, proposing new money across federal agencies to address those issues. Like most domestic programs in Biden’s overall $1.5 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2022, the recommendations for increased spending on conservation and climate goals […]

Biden taps Native American law expert as top lawyer at Interior

By: - April 8, 2021

President Joe Biden nominated Native American law expert Robert Anderson, an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, to be solicitor of the Interior Department Wednesday. The move underscored how the administration is putting a priority on placing Native Americans in charge of the agenda at Interior. Last month, Interior […]

Biden administration mum so far on returning gray wolves to endangered species list

By: - April 4, 2021

A controversial decision in the last months of the Trump administration to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list led to a massive overhunt in Wisconsin this year that Ojibwe tribal representatives said disrespected their wishes. But there’s no indication yet that the Biden administration will attempt to roll back that move, despite an order the […]

Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure

By: - March 31, 2021

Updated, 6:04 p.m. with comments from Whitmer The sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal President Joe Biden laid out Wednesday in Pennsylvania includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important “down payment” to address the crisis. A 25-page outline calls for $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps, […]

Increases in royalties paid by oil and gas producers, lease rates targeted in Biden review

By: - March 29, 2021

Interior Department officials indicated last week the Biden administration would change some federal oil and gas policies in an effort to roll back the aggressive fossil fuel agenda of former President Donald Trump. Interior leaders at an online forum Thursday said that rates the oil and gas industry pays for leasing, royalties and bonding could […]

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

By: - March 28, 2021

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel last week outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate. But Republicans worried increased federal involvement would be counterproductive to conservation goals while hurting rural […]

4 big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

By: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy. Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]