In an interview with the Associated Press, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed using West Coast military installations or other federally owned properties to export U.S. fossil fuels to Asia—circumventing state opposition. States such as Washington, California, and Oregon have expressly fought private-sector efforts to build new coal ports, citing concerns over air and water pollution, changing market conditions, and the risks of climate change. But the Trump administration is again demonstrating its willingness to override both market forces and local opposition to prop up the fossil fuel industry. Over the summer, the administration floated the idea of a federal bailout of coal and nuclear power plants, claiming (false) national security concerns. Meanwhile, a growing chorus of scientists warn that the imminent national security threat is the one this administration refuses to acknowledge: climate change.
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Expert BlogJohn Moore, Gillian Giannetti
The Trump Administration has made no secret of its desire to prop up coal and nuclear plants for political purposes and today the White House made it abundantly clear.
Expert BlogMeleah Geertsma
In another attack on the Interior Department’s common sense measures to cut pollution from oil and gas operations on the nation’s public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying again to stay the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste…
Expert BlogRhea Suh
The administration’s new five-year offshore drilling plan puts polluter profits over the public good—and risks another BP oil spill–style disaster.