Tag: public lands
Fossil fuel leasing on public lands is worsening the climate crisis. But there's hope.
Control over nearly 250 million acres of public lands was placed Monday in the hands of a former Reagan administration official who...
The decision is just the latest defeat of Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's attempts to curb emissions from the coal industry and other fossil fuel businesses, ignoring public opinion and scientists who agree that fossil fuel extraction is contributing to the rapid warming of the planet.
"[The] agency must consider the cumulative impact of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions generated by past, present, or reasonably foreseeable BLM lease sales in the region and nation.”
The new bill, S.47, is viewed as "a massive win for the present and future of American conservation."
The measure is the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a decade.
Despite the fact that the federal government's own report shows that oil and gas production on public land contributes significantly to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration continue to push on expanding its use.
New rules could affect everything from clean power to migratory birds, and they’re just a hint of what’s yet to come.