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U.S. Interior Dept revokes Trump policies, puts climate at center of decisions

PoliticsApr 16, 2021 02:30PM ET
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Friday sought to erase the Trump administration's pro-fossil fuels legacy from the nation's public lands by revoking a suite of policies that boosted drilling and mining and ordering that climate change be put at the forefront in future agency decisions.

The moves come as the Democratic Biden administration moves rapidly to implement policies aimed at decarbonizing the U.S. economy by 2050.

Republican former President Donald Trump, a vocal climate change skeptic, pushed policies to maximize fossil fuel development on federal lands and waters with a mantra of "energy dominance."

In a statement, the agency said Secretary Deb Haaland issued an order revoking 12 policies issued under Trump. They ranged from orders to review Obama-era policies that hindered energy development, rolling back a moratorium on coal leasing, and an effort to expedite permitting of infrastructure on public lands.

In addition, the agency withdrew a legal opinion issued in the final week of Trump's presidency that said federal law requires the Interior Department to implement an offshore oil and gas leasing program that includes at least two sales every five years.

The agency is reviewing its onshore and offshore oil and gas leasing programs in what is widely seen as a step toward delivering on Biden's campaign pledge to ban new federal leasing.

In another order issued on Friday, Haaland established a climate change task force to coordinate efforts like boosting renewable energy development on federal lands and waters.

In the same order, the department outlined how science should guide decision-making and instructed officials to maintain robust environmental reviews that analyze climate change and engage tribes and underserved communities.

"I know that signing Secretarial Orders alone won't address the urgency of the climate crisis," Haaland said in a statement. "But I'm hopeful that these steps will help make clear that we, as a Department, have a mandate to act."

U.S. Interior Dept revokes Trump policies, puts climate at center of decisions
 

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William Smith
William Smith Apr 20, 2021 12:02PM ET
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Another American hating leftist doing her best to destroy America's energy independence and hold the US hostage to the middle east and Russia. Both who pollute the planet way worse than America when harvesting fossil fuels.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 20, 2021 2:25AM ET
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ridiculous
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 16, 2021 5:28PM ET
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fire this ugly beach
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 16, 2021 4:51PM ET
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what a complete whack job!
kamele mokotjomela
kamele mokotjomela Apr 16, 2021 3:08PM ET
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good to see department take action.
Hunter Gassaway
Hunter Gassaway Apr 16, 2021 3:07PM ET
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Finally somebody who cares more about the land and people on it than the oil companies, affiliates and people who profit from it. I don't mind about increase in my bills if it means treating the earth better. Carbon neutrality is the way forward and this has been needing to happen for some time now. Greed runs the oil companies and the petrol dollar. Profit and greed are the only arguments for in-favor of exploiting the land and it's people. The sooner we get past the oil consumption and usher in the inevitable carbon neutrality way of life the better and cheaper it will be. The prices will go down the more we use other forms of resources once we implement this en masse over the current fossil fuels. This is Earth is more important than profits.
Aaron Chaff
AayAayRon Apr 16, 2021 3:07PM ET
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"I don't mind paying more..." you smugly state not actually believing it will affect you in any way. What you didn't realize you're also stating is that you don't mind forcing others to pay more, which you pretend is big corporations but in actuality is the poor.
Mo BeeLee
MoBeeLee Apr 16, 2021 2:24PM ET
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Follow the science "climate crisis". Well I'm a scientist and they need to explain to me exactly what this "crisis" is. Lots of throwing the word around and zero actual effect shown.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 16, 2021 2:24PM ET
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Scientist of what? Trolling bad internet forums and typing like you still use a typewriter?
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 16, 2021 2:24PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  says the troll...
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 16, 2021 2:00PM ET
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Your all about to get remmed on your electric bills
Tim Gilbert
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I can afford it. Ive got energy efficient new roof, impact windows and new HVAC. So i only pay $100-200 a month. If you’re spending multiples of that, you need to start investing in the future as prices only go higher, decade after decade. Make sure your AC ducts are in good condition in attic and aren’t leaking. Its not as exciting a way to spend money as buying a car, furniture, travel or dining, but infrastructure and sustainability should always come before discretionary expenditures.
Aaron Chaff
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Wow, you sank a ton of money into expensive improvements to marginally reduce your energy consumption. Congratulations. You're so virtuous. I bet you also vote Democrat because you supposedly care about the poor. You gonna buy their energy improvements too?
Catholic Man
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Tim Gilbert  sorry for your loss
 
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