Actions to roll back protections for public lands and reverse progress on pollution control and climate change all point to the Trump administration’s goal: Selling out public lands owned by all Americans in the pursuit of dirty energy so a handful of private interests can profit.&nb
Under an extreme and rarely-used law—the Congressional Review Act—Congress now enters the final days to act on nixing the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, also known as the BLM methane rule.
Today, guided by science and public opinion, federal agencies charged with stewardship of taxpayer-owned public lands denied the renewal of two mineral leases adjacent to Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
A federal limit on global warming pollution received a timely endorsement from two key House chairmen in October.
U.S. Reps. John D. Dingell, (D-Mich.) and Rick Boucher, (D-Va.), have vowed to tackle global warming. Their proposed cap-and-trade legislation, released Oct. 7, sets the stage for future discussion on preventing dangerous emissions.
Thank you, Congressmen. We needed that.
The Wilderness Society welcomes the progress but we remain wary of its modest near-term goals.
Three decades of oil industry public relations have drilled away at one familiar theme that belies the reality on the ground: that drilling can be done in an “environmentally responsible” fashion. The reality is that the sprawling industrial infrastructure and pollution associated with drilling on the North Slope continue to have pervasive, lasting, and serious environmental consequences.