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Trump Interior Dept. Strategy Leak: Strips All Mentions Of Climate Change, Focuses On Fossil Fuel Extraction

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Trump Interior Dept. Strategy Leak: Strips All Mentions Of Climate Change, Focuses On Fossil Fuel Extraction




A leaked draft version of the Trump Interior Department’s five-year strategic plan does not contain a single mention of fighting the effects of climate change but instead focuses heavily on plans to produce fossil fuels and other forms of energy on public lands and the nation’s outer continental shelf.

“The DOI provides access to and manages energy and other resources including oil, gas, coal, water, timber, grazing, and non‐energy minerals on public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS),” reads a part of the draft plan that describes how the agency will generate revenue and use natural resources, according to The Nation. The strategic plan draft was dated Sept. 27.

“The DOI is committed to achieve and maintain American energy dominance through responsible productivity of the public lands for the multiple use and economic benefit of present and future generations,” it continues.

“There are vast amounts of untapped domestic energy reserves on public lands.”



The draft document does not mention climate change at all.

By contrast, the Obama administration’s strategic plan covering 2014 through 2018, mentioned climate change more than 40 times.

The Hill notes:

The focus largely reflects how the department has operated under Trump. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has prioritized energy production as part of Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda, and worked to roll back numerous environmental policies he saw as a hinderance to that. Zinke’s draft does mention conservation and recreation, but stresses the need to “balance” those with energy development.

“The DOI aims to balance the conservation of special places with resource development while also providing visitors with opportunities for outdoor recreation,” reads one section.

The final version is due to be released in December at the earliest.




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