The biggest issue facing the environmental community on the fiscal cliff is that the spending cuts will be devastating for environmental priorities and programs. The Wilderness Society is working to avoid these cuts.
Montana Senator Jon Tester returned to Washington this week and some say his successful reelection was boosted by his strong support for conservation and the sportsmen’s community, along with his ability to find solutions and reach across the aisle.
When my career began in the late 1990s, one of my arguments for protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling was that we already had a place for Arctic resource development — a place that actually had “petroleum reserve” as part of its name.
Spending cuts that are part of the budget sequester, or just “sequestration” could have deep and lasting impacts on America’s wild places. The sequester is a trigger of automatic spending cuts that was passed by Congress in 2011.
The Interior Department is changing the way energy development is done by evaluating specific places on public lands before projects are proposed. By identifying suitable places ahead of time, solar energy will face less conflict and cause fewer impacts.