OPINION: Nevada's leadership needed to solve the challenges of rural America

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This piece was originally published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. As Americans from all over the country gather in Las Vegas for one of our greatest cultural traditions, the National Finals Rodeo, Members of Congress are also convening here to discuss important issues facing Nevada and states across the West.   Congressional Western Caucus Members serve as a voice for rural…

Nuclear power: Fulfilling JFK’s vision of conservation through innovation

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Tags: Energy

In September 1963, President John F. Kennedy stood behind a podium in front of more than 30,000 people in south central Washington to break ground on the most powerful fission-heated generating plant of its time. “This is a partnership in a very real sense between the national government and the local community for the benefit of our country,” he said of the project at…

We can and should dig our own future

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Tags: Energy

Kicking off the COP26 climate conference, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed, “We are digging our own graves,” through a number of actions, including drilling and mining. What Guterres and others willfully omit is the fact that we need mining in order to tackle our climate challenges. Mining is not simply a tool to help achieve climate goals — it is a…

Celebrating collaboration and innovation in Pennsylvania's natural gas industry

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Tags: Energy

This piece was originally published in the Towanka Daily Review. Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers are providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy for the United States and setting an example for states across the country. At the invitation of our colleague, Representative Fred Keller, we recently traveled to northeast Pennsylvania to learn how the natural gas industry is…

OPINION: A blueprint for real conservation

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. Conservation is engrained within our western way of life. Our livelihood and quality of life out West is reliant upon healthy landscapes which is why we take pride in stewarding the land for current and future generations. Western land users should be seen as partners for accomplishing our conservation goals, not…

OPINION: From hog manure to geothermal energy, Southern Utah’s industry leaders offer conservation ideas

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This piece was originally published in the St. George News. Over the past several days, leaders from across Utah’s public, private and non-profit sectors have gathered at Southern Utah University to analyze the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities at Governor Cox’s “One Utah Summit.” To build upon these collaborative discussions, we are continuing the effort this…

America leads the way on clean energy

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Tags: Energy

Today marks the start of National Clean Energy Week, and when it comes to clean energy, America continues to lead the way.  While some may villainize our country for employing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, we know the truth: The United States is leading the world in clean energy technology, clean energy jobs, and carbon emissions reduction. As we strive to once again achieve…

OPINION: President Biden: Act now to prevent catastrophic wildfires

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This piece was originally published in the Idaho Statesman. Mr. President, on the heels of your tour of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise this week, we want to remind you of the impacts our communities have faced as a result of poor forest management. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, nearly 116,000 acres of land managed by the state burned this year,…

OPINION: Maintain navigable waters rule to make homes more affordable

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. The Biden administration’s misguided plan to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) threatens to exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability crisis, trample states’ rights, and do little to improve the quality of the nation’s waterways. Put into effect during the Trump administration, the NWPR is a sound…

OPINION: BLM nominee would be bad for Nevada

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This piece was originally published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Nevada’s senators will soon face a critical vote on the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management. Many may be asking: Who is Tracy Stone-Manning, and why should I care? The BLM has an enormous footprint in the West — and particularly in Nevada, where 67 percent of…

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