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The Interior Department, like the EPA, is scrubbing climate change from its five-year strategic plan

A leaked draft of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s strategic plan for the next five years, obtained by The Nationmakes no mention whatsoever of climate change. By contrast, “climate change” shows up 46 times in the agency's plan for 2014 to 2018, published under the Obama administration. That former document also states that the DOI will be “a national leader in integrating climate preparedness and resilience,” and “incorporat[e] climate change strategies into management plans, policies, programs, and operations.” If this sounds like déjà vu, it’s because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pulled almost the exact same move just two weeks ago. The world's most pressing environmental issue has obviously not been solved in the last year, but the White House’s willingness to do anything about it—or even acknowledge that it’s happening—has vanished. If not climate change, what does Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke care about? “American energy dominance,” according to The Nation. His agency's drafted strategic plan paves the way for more oil and gas development on public lands through all sorts of shady moves, like expediting the approval process for energy projects on Native American lands. 

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