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Today we look at new details about who is returning to the district after the BLM moves west, Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden: A good coach knows when to switch teams Overnight Energy & Environment – Biden announces green building initiative Overnight Energy & Environment – Earth records its hottest years ever MORE saying “no” to an oil export ban and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley – Senate panel advances important antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill to prevent tech giants from favoring their own products Lawmakers urge Biden’s administrator to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE(R-Texas) to sanction the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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Most BLM leaders return to Washington

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will move many of its senior positions to Washington, DC, after a controversial Trump-era decision to send them to Grand Junction, Colorado.

An email from BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning, obtained by The Hill, says the agency will “consolidate” most of its directors in Washington.

The details : Specifically, the email indicates that the Director and Deputy Director of Operations have already returned to the District, joining the Deputy Director of Policy and Programs. He said eight additional leaders, including “most deputy directors and assistant deputy directors,” will also return to DC.

The message also says that 30 vacant leadership positions at headquarters will be based in Washington.

A spokesperson for the Home Office, which oversees the BLM, confirmed the accuracy of the email.

But what about the Colorado office? Thirty-six jobs will remain at Grand Junction and are expected to be supplemented by other yet-to-be-published jobs that were referenced in Stone-Manning’s email.

The email says that two positions, Deputy Director of National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships and Deputy Deputy Director, will “anchor” the Colorado office.

Stone-Manning wrote that the office “plans” to post additional positions that “reflect this office’s leadership role in BLM’s outdoor recreation, conservation, clean energy and science missions, as well as in sensitization and tribal consultation”.

The backstory: The Trump administration announced in 2019 that BLM would move its headquarters from Washington to Grand Junction.

He argued the move, which was completed last year, would bring civil servants closer to the land they managed, but critics saw it as an attempt to drive away career civil servants.

The Biden administration announced in September that it would restore the DC headquarters, but also maintain the Colorado office as its “western headquarters.”

Learn more about the department’s projects here.

Granholm ‘not considering’ banning oil exports

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday that the Biden administration will not ban crude oil exports, despite pressure from some Democrats.

Speaking to the National Petroleum Council – an advisory board made up of senior oil industry figures – Granholm said: “We are not considering reinstating the export ban.”

This follows a similar comment by the director of the National Economic Council Brian DeeseBrian DeeseBiden seeks to salvage what he can from Build Back Better Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading in Hillicon Valley stocks – Airlines issue warning over 5G PLUS service, who told reporters last week that the oil export ban is “not an issue we are focusing on right now.”

But Deese also said that President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens to restrict export controls on Russian industries Headaches escalate for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave the country MORE made it clear that “all options should be on the table in an attempt to address market challenges and provide relief to American consumers.”

The comments come after the idea of ​​banning crude oil exports was endorsed by several Democrats last month as a tool the administration could use to drive down the price of gasoline.

Read more about what Granholm had to say here.

Cruz Offers Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Ballot Deal

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday he made an offer to the Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate – where do we go from here? Forced delay prompts drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to make it easier for at-risk Afghans to enter the United States MORE (DN.Y.) to give up its grip on some of President Biden’s ambassador candidates in exchange for a vote on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions.

Cruz, speaking to reporters, said he made an offer to Schumer and spoke with the secretary of state Antoine BlinkenAntony BlinkenUkraine receives second batch of weapons from US: ‘And this is not the end’ Blinken: State Department is following ‘very, very closely’ US embassy personnel in Kyiv Tuesday.

“I have an offer on the table,” Cruz said. “It’s in Schumer’s hands.”

“I spoke this morning to Secretary Blinken who would very much like to see the slice of ambassadors that I offered to pass through,” he said.

The backstory: Most of Biden’s State Department candidates are stranded amid a blockade led by Cruz and Sen. Josh HaleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyMissouri Senate candidate says members of Congress should go to jail if they’re guilty of insider trading. (R-Mo.).

Cruz vowed to slow down choices until the Biden administration imposes congressional-mandated sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to allow Russia to deliver natural gas to Germany.

Read more about the latest offer here.

CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE ARCTIC?

Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest level on record in April as rapid warming continues to destabilize the region, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Report.

The research found that multi-year sea ice reached its second lowest level since it was first recorded in 1985 in late summer this year, while in April the volume was the lowest since recording began in 2010.

The period between October 2020 and September 2021 was the seventh hottest for Earth temperatures dating back to 1900, when record keeping began, according to the bulletin. Meanwhile, surface air temperatures from October to December 2020 also reached record highs for the Pan-Arctic and Asian-Arctic regions.

The researchers also found that increased atmospheric carbon was likely acidifying the Arctic Ocean at a faster rate than the ocean as a whole.

The implications: While warming is indicative of global changes, it also poses a direct threat to people in the region. Research included in the newsletter found that warming has been a threat multiplier for Alaska Natives; in addition to facing reduced salmon harvests, likely due to climatic factors, natives have been kept away from harvest locations due to social distancing requirements, and supply chain difficulties have limited their food purchasing options in retail stores.

Learn more about the latest findings here.

WHAT WE READ

  • Russia blocks UN decision to treat climate as a security threat The New York Times reports
  • DACA’s environmental challenge will not be considered by the High Court, Reuters reports
  • Controversial North Carolina wood pellet plant sparks debate over environmental injustice, WFAE reports
  • Factory workers threatened with layoff if they leave before the tornado, employees say, NBC News reporting

ICYMI

Toyota invest $35 billion in electric vehicles, says CEO

The UN Meteorological Agency certifies Record high temperature in the Arctic

And finally, something quirky and quirky: The End of the Zebra Saga.

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