Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.
“Public lands are America's common ground and a critical part of the climate solution. President-elect Trump’s administration should continue the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the lands, water and wildlife that all Americans share.
Less than a week after announcing a joint U.S/Canada agreement to combat climate change and prioritize Arctic conservation for the benefit of indigenous peoples, the Obama administration released a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that includes Alaska’s Arctic Ocean
In addition, under Secretary Sally Jewell’s leadership, the Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management have taken significant steps to modernize energy production on the millions of acres of publicly owned land they a
There is no greater threat to the long term health of our wild lands than climate change and today’s commitment by President Obama will help ensure that polluting sources of energy are not threatening our health or our lands.
The BLM is required to address impacts to wildlands and wildlife habitat on our public lands from major transmission development. The agency can do so by selecting routes that avoid sensitive areas or offsetting unavoidable impacts by protecting nearby lands.
One of the great opportunities for movement on energy priorities in Congress in the next two years lay in energy efficiency legislation. While bipartisan agreement is hard to come by these days, energy efficiency is an issue primed for progress.