OPINION: Endangered species recovery requires flexibility, not strict regulations

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This piece was originally published by the Washington Examiner on June 15, 2021. Nearly 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. It was uncontentious at the time; little did anyone know what was to come. Though intended to protect imperiled species, the law has become an endless source of conflict. The Endangered Species Act was designed to do two things: p...

OPINION: Follow science, law for spotted owl designation

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This piece was originally published in the Medford Mail Tribune on June 13, 2021. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” In an era of land management plagued by a perpetual cycle of litigation and burdensome regulations, the former president’s statement rings true. Closed-door litigation has led to...

OPINION: Biden's 1970s energy policy – he's making us more dependent on foreign energy sources

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This piece was originally published by Fox News on June 9, 2021. As if stepping into a time machine, Americans last month were rocked with growing inflation, rising consumer prices, stagnating unemployment numbers, and long lines at the gas pump reminiscent of the days of the Carter administration. If Blondie was on the radio, you’d think it was 1979 all over again. Many Americans are old enough t...

OPINION: Sorting out the problems of the West

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This piece was originally published in the California Globe on June 3, 2021. President Ronald Reagan once said of his beloved ranch, “Riding on one of the tree-lined trails, or gazing up at the western skies, well, there’s no better way I know of to sort out a problem.” As Members of Congress who represent districts in the West, we relate to the majesty described by President Reagan. However, we a...

OPINION: BLM headquarters in Grand Junction benefits entire country

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This piece was originally published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on May 9, 2021. Since it was established in 1946, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has held the mission of caring for and providing multiple-use of our nation’s public lands. The Bureau manages 245 million acres, or one out of every 10 acres in the United States, with 99% of this land located west of the Mississippi River....

OPINION: Obama-Biden water rule - here's why we must stop this overreach...again

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Tags: Water

This piece was originally published by Fox News on April 23, 2021. As the respective chairmen of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses, a group of members who work to lift the voice of the rural West in Congress, we have a vested interest in how the federal government’s regulations impact water, agriculture and natural resources across the country – especially when these regulations burden...

OPINION: Biden wants to restrict American energy, we want to grow it

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This piece was originally published in the Tulsa World on April 23, 2021. President Joe Biden’s approach to energy is wrong for America, and we are here in Oklahoma Friday to help demonstrate why — as well as to share House Republicans’ pro-American energy vision. Oklahoma has embraced an all-of-the-above energy portfolio, from traditional resources like natural gas and coal to renewables like hyd...

OPINION: Rural America is dedicated to clean water

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Tags: Water

This piece was originally published in the Des Moines Register on April 14, 2021. Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Whether for drinking, farming, or fishing, clean water is a national priority, and future generations depend on us doing our part to preserve and protect bodies of water throughout the United States. In Iowa and in rural communities throughout the country, we recog...

OPINION: Arrington's Leadership Benefits Texas Energy Dominance

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This piece was originally published by RealClearEnergy on March 24, 2021. As citizens, business leaders, and state officials gather today at the Capitol in Austin for Texas Energy Day, it is incumbent upon Texans to continue to tell the important story of the state’s history – and future – of energy leadership at the federal level as well. Texas’s energy producers, including many multi-generationa...

OPINION: Biden hypocrisy on critical minerals – here's how it hurts US industry, security

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This piece was originally posted by Fox News on March 15, 2021. President Biden has added yet another tally-mark to his ever-increasing list of executive orders. This time, it was an order declaring his purported recognition of the need to secure our nation’s domestic supply chains. On its face, the motivation behind such a declaration is one we would agree with. Our nation’s domestic sourcing of ...

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