In this week’s installment of “Disconcerting Appointments Made by the Trump Administration,” the U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt selected William Perry Pendley—an ardent advocate for selling off public lands—to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley’s credentials are alarming, to say the least. In his time at the Interior under President Reagan, he regularly sided with industry interests in their efforts to use public land for activities like mining or grazing. He has even claimed environmental advocates are “waging war on the West.” And he once characterized fracking, a drilling process that uses copious amounts of water and chemicals to release natural gas from the ground, as an “environmental miracle.” Yeah, not quite. The stakes are high: The BLM (an agency already reeling from staff shake-ups) manages about a tenth of the acreage of the entire country.
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Expert BlogAlison Kelly, Briana Mordick
The fossil fuels found on our public lands are significant sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Instead of addressing this problem, the Trump administration is downplaying or outright ignoring it to benefit the oil, gas, and coal industries.
PerspectivesUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
The forced relocation of hundreds of staffers is seen by many as a precursor to the agency’s dissolution—and a sell-off of public lands to the states.
Expert BlogSharon Buccino
Today, the House Natural Resources Committee is considering proposed legislation to transfer permitting of oil and gas activities on your public lands to the states. We all want a secure and prosperous energy future. The question is how to get…