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U.S. presidential candidate Warren wants drilling, mining banned on federal lands

U.S. presidential candidate Warren wants drilling, mining banned on federal lands

Postby smix » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:51 pm

U.S. presidential candidate Warren wants drilling, mining banned on federal lands
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1RR1SQ
Category: Politics
Published: April 15, 2019

Description: (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said on Monday she would ban all fossil fuel extraction on federal land and in coastal waters, setting herself apart from a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls who have made climate change a central campaign issue but have yet to outline specific policies. Warren said in a post on Medium that she would sign an executive order on her first day in office for a “total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases including for drilling offshore and on public lands.” “We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess,” she wrote.

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Warren’s stance on public lands contrasts starkly with that of President Donald Trump, whose Interior Department has sped up permitting for drilling and mining on public lands as a part of the administration’s “energy dominance” agenda. The United States approved nearly 40 percent more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands in 2018 compared to previous years, and has moved to roll back environmental regulations to speed up more approvals. The Interior Department is also expected in the coming weeks to announce a new five year plan for drilling on the Outercontinental Shelf that would open up vasts swaths of U.S. coastline to oil and gas exploration. Warren said that any “serious effort” to combat climate change needs to include public lands since fossil fuel extraction from these areas account for a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Several Democratic candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and others have announced support for a proposed Green New Deal - a loosely-woven climate action policy to address concerns about jobs and wages as part of a radical shift away from fossil fuels and the building of a new low-carbon economy. But only Warren so far has announced how public lands will play a role in drastically cutting global carbon dioxide emissions, which have climbed to an all-time high. As part of her plan she said she would reinstate regulations targeting methane emissions from oil and gas projects, as well as create a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps, a one-year fellowship program for young people who want to work in conservation. Warren also said she would expand renewable energy projects on federal lands. “A decade ago, there were zero major solar power projects on public lands. Today, the Bureau of Land Management has approved 11,000 megawatts of renewable wind, solar, and geothermal projects ,” she said. “But to make a real dent in the problem, we’re going to need a whole lot more.”
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Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands

Postby smix » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:14 pm

Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands
The Hill

URL: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-envir ... blic-lands
Category: Politics
Published: April 15, 2019

Description: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 Democratic hopeful, unveiled an ambitious proposal Monday aimed at protecting public lands and rolling back many of President Trump's environmental policies. Warren included in her proposal, published on Medium, plans to immediately halt drilling offshore and on publicly owned lands, as well as restoring the original boundary lines for two national monuments shrunk under Trump. Warren championed the goals as a way to “preserve wild, natural places for future generations.” “We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess. All of us — local communities and tribes, hunters and anglers, ranchers and weekend backpackers — must work together to manage and protect our shared heritage,” Warren wrote. The first step of her plan would be to place a moratorium on any new fossil fuel extraction on public lands or offshore, as a way to show a commitment to fighting climate change. A U.S. Geological Survey study released last fall found that public-land drilling contributes a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Under Trump, large tracts of public land have been auctioned off, often at low prices. The administration also released in December a plan for lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic — a plan mandated by law through Congress. The plan could open up drilling as early as this summer. Looking offshore, the Trump administration is currently considering ways to expand offshore drilling on the Atlantic coast and is in the midst of working out ways to begin seismic testing for oil deposits. “It is wrong to prioritize corporate profits over the health and safety of our local communities. That’s why on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands,” Warren pledged. Instead of drilling, Warren’s plan would expand renewable energy production on public lands, committing to provide the U.S. electric grid with 10 percent of energy from wind, solar, and geothermal projects on public land. It’s a goal that’s nearly ten times the current production levels, Warren said. “My administration will make it a priority to expedite leases and incentivize development in existing designated areas, and share royalties from renewable generation with states and local communities to help promote economic development and reduce local dependence on fossil fuel revenues,” she wrote. Additionally, Warren seeks to expand the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah previously shrunk by 2 million acres under Trump in 2017. While no drilling or mining has yet been auctioned on the now unprotected public land, the move did open up the former parcels in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments for fossil fuel extraction. “These lands are part of our national fabric, sacred to tribes and beloved by American families. As president, I will use my authorities under the Antiquities Act to restore protections to both monuments and any other national monuments targeted by this Administration,” Warren wrote. As president, Warren would also change the emissions price for parks--many all entry free. In her plan Warren, said tax payers already fund park maintenance, and therefore should not also pay to use them. Other initiatives outlined in Warren’s plan include keeping congressional funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund from being directed to other initiatives, reinstating key provisions of a methane pollution rule proposed to be stripped under Trump, and expanding job opportunities for care for public lands.

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“America’s public lands belong to all of us. We should start acting like it — expanding access, ending fossil fuel extraction, leveraging them as part of the climate solution, and preserving and improving them for our children and grandchildren,” Warren wrote.
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Elizabeth Warren: I’d End Offshore Drilling on Day One of My Presidency

Postby smix » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:03 pm

Elizabeth Warren: I’d End Offshore Drilling on Day One of My Presidency
Daily Beast

URL: https://www.thedailybeast.com/elizabeth ... es&via=rss
Category: Politics
Published: April 15, 2019

Description: She called for a ‘total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases including for drilling offshore and on public lands.’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is promising to sign an executive order on her first day in the White House that would place a “total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases including for drilling offshore and on public lands.” The proposal is part of a public-lands policy rollout the 2020 Democrat unveiled before a trip to South Carolina, Colorado, and Utah—a plan she hopes will address “lands under threat” by President Trump’s administration. “We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess,” the Massachusetts Democrat wrote in a Medium post. “All of us—local communities and tribes, hunters and anglers, ranchers and weekend backpackers—must work together to manage and protect our shared heritage.” Earlier this year, House Democrats introduced a set of bills to place a moratorium on the Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore drilling around the country. Warren’s promise comes days after the Senate confirmed former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as the new interior secretary as that department reportedly considers an extension of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. In addition ending offshore drilling, Warren on Monday outlined a set of public-land proposals with a goal of achieving 10-percent electricity generation from renewable sources offshore or on public lands. Citing a 2017 executive order from the Trump administration that dramatically scaled back the size of two national monuments in Utah, Warren said she will “use my authorities under the Antiquities Act to restore protections to both monuments and any other national monuments targeted by this Administration.” Warren also called for increased funding for a “21st century Civilian Conservation Corps,” which she said would put 10,000 young people and veterans at work on public lands. The title of the corps refers to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal-era work-relief program that disbanded in 1942. The Democratic hopeful also suggested making entry to U.S. national parks free. “There’s no better illustration of how backwards our public lands strategy is than the fact that today, we hand over drilling rights to fossil fuel companies for practically no money at all—and then turn around and charge families who make the minimum wage more than a day’s pay to access our parks,” she wrote.

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The senator also called for increased involvement of U.S. tribal nations in conversations about public-use protection. “The administration of public lands should incorporate tribes’ traditional ecological knowledge, making provisions for tribal culture and customs on public lands, and exploring co-management and the return of resources to indigenous protection wherever possible,” Warren writes.
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