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Polling shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change and recognize the importance of developing renewable energy—and rightly so.

A truly comprehensive climate plan will draw down fossil fuel leasing, develop renewable energy in responsible places and take advantage of wildlands’ capacity for reducing carbon pollution

We believe that public lands have a vital role to play in addressing the climate crisis. Nearly one-quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions originate from energy projects on public lands, making our federally managed backyard an obvious starting point for developing solutions. A truly comprehensive plan to avoid the worst consequences of climate change will address these emissions sources by drawing down fossil fuel leasing, developing renewable energy in responsible places and taking advantage of wildlands’ natural capacity for absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. 

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Climate and energy:

  • Halt new oil and gas permitting on federally managed public lands and waters and increase development of renewable energy projects 

  • Ensure that federal infrastructure investments reduce greenhouse gas emissions; require federal permitting decisions to consider the effects of federal activities on climate change 

  • Modify energy royalties to account for climate costs 

Public lands and waters:

  • Conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by the year 2030 

  • Permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other public lands and waters negatively affected by Trump administration policies 

  • Establish national monuments and parks that protect America’s natural heritage