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Transparency Squad Update-April 2017

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It’s no secret that WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program is stepping up to enforce transparency under the Trump Administration.

Using the Freedom of Information Act we’ve been exercising our right to know what our government is doing and why, and to share that information with the public.  Since President Trump has taken office, we’ve filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records related to the push to open up more public lands for fossil fuel development and new U.S. Interior Department policies that undermine our climate.

It’s our very own Climate and Energy Program Transparency Squad.

If you haven’t yet, check out our online repository of Freedom of Information Act requests and responses.  We’re still getting things impeccably organized, but for now, you can see who we’ve been targeting for transparency and what records we’ve been obtaining.  Our goal is to ensure that information we request is 100% made available to the public and used to ensure government accountability and citizen empowerment.

Periodically, we’ll give you updates on recent Freedom of Information Act filings we’ve made. Whether you read them or not, at least you know what we’re up to and where things stand.  While the Trump Administration may fight transparency, WildEarth Guardians is certainly not going to avoid the spotlight.

With that said, here’s an update:

In the last week, we’ve filed numerous appeals over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s failure to respond to numerous Freedom of Information Act requests.  Under federal law, agencies are supposed to respond to requests within 20 workdays.  Unbelievably, this deadline is ignored time and time again.  In the last few days, we’ve filed numerous appeals over the failure of the Bureau of Land Management to respond to a number of information requests, including:

We also filed appeals of the Secretary of the Interior’s Office to respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests, including:

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We also filed several new Freedom of Information Act requests, including:

As we’ve said, transparency is key to defending our democracy and protecting our climate.  Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to use our Freedom of Information Act and ensure President Trump and political appointees like Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are accountable to the American public, not corporate interests.

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