Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency erred by not consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service in designing its so-called Clean Power Plan because the proposal almost surely will force the closure of coal-fired power plants and subsequently reduce the warm water Florida's manatees need to survive during cold winter months. (Associated Press)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is receiving one-sided advice from staff at the Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue of whether to place the Gunnison sage grouse on the endangered-species list. (associated press photographs)
Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar (right) is accompanied by (from far left) Sen. Bill Nelson, National Park Ranger Supervisor Al Mercado and Ron Bergeron of the Fish and Wildlife Service showing off a 13-foot python from the Everglades.