Fossil fuel development undermines the protection of public lands for future generations and the conservation of species, habitat, and ecological values to which the lands have been consecrated. And yet, in the face of global warming caused by fossil fuel use, the current administration has so far moved sluggishly to address our addiction to these fuels and its damaging dovetail with public lands management. Supporting many policies that would meet projected fossil fuel demands while failing to move quickly to reduce demand and consumption and replace destructive fuels with superior alternatives, the administration is doing too little, too slowly. We need to act now for a sustainable energy future based on efficiency, conservation, and renewable sources.
Meanwhile, numerous industry efforts are underway to further exploit stressed public lands and perpetuate fossil-fuel dependence through the extraction of coal, oil and gas, oil shale and tar sands, and liquefied natural gas development — as well as uranium mining and milling and the construction of energy corridors and long-distance electric transmission lines.
The Center is campaigning to keep public lands safe for wildlife, plants, and people by halting fossil fuel energy development, as well as transmission and transportation, in key areas across the country. We’re working to stop new and damaging coal development in the West by opposing proposed projects like the Black Mesa coal mine and the White Pine coal plant. We’re litigating to stop oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Western Arctic Reserve in Alaska, in the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California, and in New Mexico. We’re opposing liquefied natural gas on the West Coast, and in the Rockies, we’re opposing oil shale and tar sands development — unconventional fuels whose production would mean a step backward, not forward, for both the economy and the planet. We’re fighting energy corridors and electric transmission-line projects across multiple western states that would access fossil fuels to supply energy, and we’ve had several successes stopping the uranium-mining boom from wreaking irreparable harm in the Grand Canyon and beyond.