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.
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