Department of the Interior


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Fossil Fuels and Public Lands: How the US Interior Department Can Act on Climate Right Now

, Senior fellow

Here are the specific near-term actions that the Interior Department can take at the leasing, permitting, and production stages of fossil fuel development on public lands to help address the climate crisis, unify the agency behind a common purpose, and ensure the agency is acting in the public interest during the transition away from yesterday’s energy sources. Read more >

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in 2002 that up to two million birds were killed in oil pits every year. Photo: Pedro Ramirez, Jr/USFWS

Outgoing Administration Gave Thumbs Up to Migratory Bird Massacre. It’s Time to Reverse the Damage.

, Research scientist

On January 7, the outgoing administration changed the legal interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so that the Fish and Wildlife can no longer hold industries accountable for the “incidental” killing of migratory bird species. It will go into effect on February 8 unless the Biden administration takes immediate action. Read more >

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Valley of the Gods was excised from Bears Ears National Monument as part of the 2018 monument reduction. Biden's Day One executive actions direct the Interior Department to examine and potentially reverse this and more than 30 other actions taken by the previous administration. Photo: nat693/Adobe Stock

President Biden’s Fast Start at the Interior Department

, Senior fellow

As a former senior executive and whistleblower at the Interior Department, I have been paying close attention to what President Biden’s Day One actions mean for my former agency. There are more announcements to come—and it’s important for the science community to make sure these announcements turn into real action—but so far this is a super start and good news for the agency’s mission. Read more >

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Internal Emails Show Discord as Interior Department Moves to Gut Migratory Birds Rule

, Climate scientist

If the Department of the Interior had listened to legal and public opinion, it would have dropped its efforts to finalize a rule allowing the deaths of thousands of migratory birds. Instead the effort goes on, even as newly revealed emails show that Interior upended the normal review process for its controversial reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read more >

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The Trump administration is fast-tracking its attempts to lock the federal government into binding contracts for drilling in the undeveloped coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, pictured here in this satellite image. Photo: NASA

Trump’s Rushed Oil Leasing in the Arctic: A Dumpster Fire of Desperation, Greed, and Crippling Loyalty Tests

, Senior fellow

The Trump administration is desperate to lock the federal government into binding contracts for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is the ultimate goal of all their science-busting, and runs counter to their stewardship responsibilities on behalf of all Americans. Read more >

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