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THREAD: Over the holiday, @Interior quietly proposed a rule that would gut the Freedom of Information Act by making it more difficult for the American people to access public records and limiting transparency at the department...
(2/12) #FOIA has been a critical tool for holding @Interior and the Trump administration accountable and will continue to be essential for public oversight. Below are just a few examples that illustrate how vital FOIA is in ensuring a strong Democracy:
(3/12) @Interior emails allowed @Politico reporters @Nickjuliano and @bjlefebvre to expose that @RyanZinke met at DOI headquarters with Halliburton Chairman David Lesar and other developers about a real estate deal involving Zinke’s foundation.
(4/12) @NYTIMES reporters @EricLiptonNYT and @LFFriedman revealed how oil and uranium industry interests were central to the Trump administration's motivations for downsizing Bears Ears National Monument - the result of a #FOIA lawsuit.
(5/12) @Washingtonpost reporters @dino_grandoni and @eilperin laid bare how senior political officials were trying squash climate change findings written by @USGS scientists.
(6/12) Documents available by #FOIA helped @Politico’s @nickjuliano discover that senior @Interior officials, amidst pressure from MGM lobbyists, rejected recs from federal experts on opening two Indian gaming casinos in the northeast.
(7/12) @CNN reporters @sganim and @gregorywallace uncovered that @RyanZinke was skirting federal law by omitting meetings from his official calendar, resulting in more robust calendar releases.
(8/12) @Washingtonpost’s @drewharwell and @Reinlwapo uncovered questionable uses of taxpayer funded private travel, including Zinke’s Nevada flight (where he met with the @GoldenKnights) to his Montana home on an oil-and-gas executive-owned plane.
(9/12) @Motherboard reporter @SarahNEmerson discovered that Trump appointees were attempting to squash a @GlacierNationalPark meeting between a @USGS scientist and Mark Zuckerberg about #climatechange
(10/12) From documents released, then later redacted, @Washingtonpost’s @eilperin wrote how senior @Interior officials dismissed evidence showing that national monument protections boost tourism and spur archaeological discoveries. #MonumentsForAll
(11/12) @JamesCTobias reported for @PacificStand how industry insiders and revolving-door lobbyists and lawyers have been influencing DOI's actions to prioritize resource extraction at the expense of conservation.
(12/12) @BLM documents obtained by @adamfederman showed that Trump’s message of "putting an end to the war on coal" was in conflict with reality -- coal companies are scaling back, and in some cases shedding workers.
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