March 20, 2019 on Interior Department’s Failure to Consider Climate Impacts

Washington, DC — Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by not considering the impacts of climate change when offering up public lands to the fossil fuel industry. Executive Director May Boeve gave the following statement in response:

“This is a welcome rebuke of the Trump administration’s reckless, climate-denying approach to energy. More drilling for oil and gas is the last thing we need. The impacts of climate change aren’t a distant reality — they are right here right now, submerging the Midwest in historic, life-altering floods at this very moment. Policy-makers must take climate change into account in all of their decisions, that’s just common sense. But it’s also just the beginning. We need a Green New Deal that keeps fossil fuels in the ground and initiates a just transition to a renewable energy economy.

“This week, along with partners like the Native Organizers Alliance and the Indigenous Environmental Network, are launching the Promise to Protect training tour to train hundreds of people across the country in non-violent direct action to stop destructive fossil fuel projects. Our communities are tired of their lands and livelihoods being disrupted by the greed of Big Oil executives. We’re mobilizing to halt dirty and dangerous projects that drive us deeper into climate crisis.”


Contact: Dani Heffernan, [email protected], +1 (305) 992-1544