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As the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show kicks off its first summer in Denver, Colo., the political and activist nature of the gathering and its organizer, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), is coming more clearly into view. OIA relocated its trade shows for 2018, including its annual Snow Show and the Outdoor Retailer show, to Denver from Salt Lake City following last year’s dustup over public lands issues. The trade association feuded with Utah elected officials who supported the U.S. Department of the Interior’s planned reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and called for more access to public lands for natural resource development.

Western lawmakers and industry officials have expressed their support for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s accomplishments and effectiveness in leading what they called an “instrumental” rollback of onerous regulations imposed by the previous administration. Pruitt has recently faced intense scrutiny for his travel and security expenses, including allegations of ethics violations. The EPA’s inspector general has been asked to investigate those claims.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to halt the “secret science” underpinning his agency’s regulations, opening a conversation about how studies can be weaponized in favor of onerous regulations without additional scrutiny and the transparency involved in determining how data and methodology are pursued or analyzed by outside researchers. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Michael Bastasch, Pruitt said that transparency was a key objective of his proposed policy change.

One of the key climate experts speaking on behalf of the plaintiffs in a pair of lawsuits aimed at fossil fuel companies was also the architect of research and an activist game plan focused on building support for climate litigation against oil and gas companies, but apparently was not asked to disclose his financial ties to the campaign against energy producers at Wednesday’s climate tutorial. U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the defendants in the Oakland and San Francisco climate lawsuits to provide their answers to a series of questions provided by the court in a tutorial at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Last Friday, Western Wire Managing Editor Michael Sandoval joined Joshua Sharf, sitting in for Business for Breakfast’s Jimmy Sengenberger, to discuss the City of Boulder’s possible climate lawsuit. Sharf and Sandoval also offer a quick overview of the attorney general race in Colorado, an open seat in 2018 with incumbent Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, choosing to run for governor. For additional background on Western Wire’s coverage of the Boulder climate lawsuit and Colorado’s wide open attorney general race, stay tuned!


National elites in climate research, philanthropy, activism, and the private sector joined elected officials in Denver last week at the posh Four Seasons, a five-star high-rise hotel to strategize how to carry on a climate agenda without taxpayer dollars. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy led a ‘Who’s Who’ of former administration policy advisers, climate activists, state regulators, politicians, and company officials through the three-day Climate Leadership Conference covering climate-related talks on collaboration between governments at all levels, various climate initiatives including the Paris agreement, and technological development.

Last week, Western Wire Managing Editor Michael Sandoval joined Jon Caldara, President of the Denver-based Independence Institute, a free market think tank, to discuss the possible climate lawsuit being explored by the City of Boulder, Colorado. Following an open records request filed by Western Wire, documents revealed the City Attorney’s Office was planning to “send out a confidential memo with updated information regarding potential costs and risk” of a climate lawsuit.