By The Numbers: Acres for Energy and Conservation

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Oil well in Nevada

Expanding energy development to meet the growing needs of America must be balanced with protecting vital wild places. 

The Wilderness Society has launched a new quarterly report "By The Numbers" to track how many acres of American land have been protected by Congress and the Executive branch, and how many acres have been leased out to energy development.

The report also tracks the balance of energy, to show that despite promises of an "all of the above" energy policy, fossil fuels like oil and natural gas are leased far more land than clean energy sources like wind and solar.

By The Numbers also shows the difference between Congress and the President when it comes to protecting land. The 112th Congress (2011-2012) was the first in over 40 years to adjourn without protecting a single acre of Wilderness. 

These reports track how well the federal government is balancing energy and land protection four times per year.

By the Numbers Factsheet - Q2 2014