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We look forward to working with a conservation ally

The Wilderness Society Action Fund

November 8, 2020

With President-elect Joe Biden headed to the White House, a path is opening up to protect wild nature for the benefit of all people and confront the climate crisis head-on. The next four years should provide an opportunity to undo some of the worst attacks of the Trump regime and build new, lasting conservation achievements. CONTINUE


Every voice matters and every vote must be counted

The Wilderness Society Action Fund

November 4, 2020

We don’t yet know what kind of administration we will have in the White House over the next four years, but that’s to be expected. The pandemic has made this an unusual election season in which a little extra patience is required as we wait for all votes to be counted. CONTINUE


New story map details how last four years of Trump oil and gas actions have impacted public lands and communities

The Wilderness Society Action Fund

October 26, 2020

Over the last four years, federal actions on oil and gas have scarred our nation’s public lands and waters, impacting communities and the climate in unprecedented ways, according to a new story map from The Wilderness Society Action Fund. CONTINUE


Here’s How the Presidential Candidates’ Public Lands Plans Stack Up


By Elizabeth Miller. March 10, 2020

While Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have spoken at length about fighting climate change, conservation groups say their plans for America’s public lands are big on promises and short on details. [...] “One tweak we’ve been encouraging candidates to think about is that it’s a climate crisis, but also it’s a nature crisis. We’re losing natural areas at an astounding rate,” says Dan Hartinger, director of government relations for the Wilderness Society Action Fund. CONTINUE


Public Land Gets Its Moment At The Climate Town Hall


By Chris D'Angelo. September 5, 2019

A federal report last year found that about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States come from fossil fuel extraction on federal land. As the Trump administration continues its push to expand such development, top candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination agree that America’s public land must be a tool in the fight against climate change, not a contributor to the problem. CONTINUE


Public Lands Ride Sidecar with Climate Change in 2020 Race

Morning Consult

By Jacqueline Toth. August 8, 2019

In March 2017, President Donald Trump signed his 19th executive order, directing federal agencies to peruse their rulebooks for burdens on energy development and rectify them. The order called on the Interior Department to lift an existing ban on new coal leasing on federal lands and review specific rules related to emissions from fossil fuel development in those areas. CONTINUE


24 million natural acres in U.S. lost to human activity, report says

United Press International

By Jean Lotus. August 7, 2019

The United States loses the equivalent of two football fields of natural area per minute due to housing development, agriculture, oil and gas and other human factors, a new independent report said. CONTINUE


The Energy 202: Seven minutes were devoted to climate change in the first Democratic debate

The Washington Post/PowerPost

By Dino Grandoni. June 27, 2019

Seven minutes. That's how much time the moderators dedicated to questions about climate change during the Democratic presidential debate last night. NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo hosts reserved only a short portion of the two-hour debate to questions on an issue many of the 2020 candidates themselves said was the nation's No. 1 geopolitical threat. CONTINUE


How Presidential Candidates Can Make Public Lands Part of the Climate Solution

The Wilderness Society Action Fund

By Jamie Williams. April 28, 2019 

Our public lands play a critical role in addressing climate change. Elected leaders, especially candidates for the highest office in the land, should be telling the American people how they intend to manage these shared lands and resources to help tackle the defining challenge of our time. CONTINUE