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Now that December is upon us, the deadline for passing a bill to fund the federal government is fast approaching. Congressional leaders have been meeting behind closed doors, and watchdog groups from many progressive organizations are continuing our push for a “no-riders” approach—a bill that is solely about funding the government, not about legislating controversial issues.

methane fly-in D.C.

Imagine a life where your every decision is dictated by the air quality in your neighborhood. Want to take a walk around the block? Let me check if the oil well down the street is “flaring” (releasing harmful pollution into the air while burning gas). Want to play a baseball game? Let’s check the news to see if it’s a bad air day, and if we’re good to go, let’s not forget an inhaler on our way out the door, just in case.   

Grizzly in Yellowstone

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has launched his yearlong term as chairman of the Western Governors Association by attacking the Endangered Species Act. During a two-day workshop in Cody last week, Mead declared the act a failure and called for legislative reforms.

That may be good politics in a state government dominated by segments of the agricultural and energy industries that frequently oppose wildlife protections, but Mead’s complaint offers no legitimate basis for undoing our nation’s premiere wildlife preservation law.

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