On March 24, the Interior Department announced that it will begin a “Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement” to review how coal production on public lands impacts climate and whether it is providing a fair return to tax payers.
It is past time to modernize how energy is developed in this country, particularly on our shared public lands. The policies and guidelines that govern where, when and how development should occur were written decades ago.
These days the phrase ‘energy independence’ has become code for drilling our wild public lands. But what some may not realize is that oil and gas from our wildlands is not staying in the United States.