Climate + Energy

Transparency Blitz Continues

9802406334_405cfc02c2_oOur Transparency Blitz is gaining momentum this month as we sustain our efforts to push back on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s attacks on the Freedom of Information Act and our democracy.

The short of it is: We’re bringing forward a storm of transparency.

As we unveiled last week, for the month of October 2017, we intend to file a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act every day of the month to the Bureau of Land Management.

We started on October 5, 2017 by filing five requests with the Bureau of Land Management. Since then, we’ve kept up the pace, calling on the agency to release to the American public myriad records related to the management of public lands and resources. Among the requests:

Stay tuned for more, there’s still 20 days left in October.

And as always, stay tuned for the responses to these Freedom of Information Act requests. All data obtained by WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program is posted on our Freedom of Information Act repository page. There, the public has access to all the records we obtain. In most cases, this is the sole online source of this information.  For example, we just received records related to pending federal coal leases in Wyoming.

While the Bureau of Land Management may view this push for transparency as a problem, we view it as critical for countering government secrecy and promoting democracy. The last thing we, as Americans, should tolerate is a government that believes inquiry is problematic. If anything, it’s patriotic and that’s exactly why we’re going to maintain course and keep our Transparency Blitz in full force.

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