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E&E News reported on Monday that the Trump administration states it its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in favor of oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for EIS – “does not agree that the proposed development is inconsistent with maintaining a livable planet (i.e., there is not a climate crisis).”
According to The Hill, the BLM is in the final few days of a 30-day waiting period before it can go ahead with leases for oil and gas drilling on 1.56 million acres of Alaska’s coastal plains that, as we previously reported, the administration is rushing to put up for auction by the end of 2019.
Why This Matters: This is yet another sign that the Trump Administration is ignoring the overwhelming opinion of expert scientists — the U.N. IPCC Oceans and Cryosphere report from last week is full of examples of how the Arctic region is being severely impacted by climate change caused by fossil fuel use.
It is also highly likely that the BLM silenced its own scientists in the process of drafting the ANWR EIS.
These climate-denying conclusions in the EIS further undermine the credibility of the government and make a mockery of the process of determining the environmental impacts of oil and gas leasing in one of the last remaining pristine areas on the planet, not to mention its impacts on the heritage and way of life of native Alaskan communities that live in ANWR.
“The planet was much warmer within the past 1,000 years, prior to the Little Ice Age, based on extensive archaeological evidence (such as farming in Greenland and vineyards in England). This warmth did not make the planet unlivable; rather, it was a time when societies prospered.”
The Hill reported that Brenda Ekwurzel, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that “[t]he Bureau of Land Management’s statement is simply false and shockingly out-of-step with what mainstream science tells us….This is nothing more than a coordinated disinformation effort by the administration to deny the science, roll back climate policies, and actually drive up carbon emissions at a time when urgent cuts are needed.”
Yesterday at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060” with the aim of hitting peak emissions before 2030. China had choice words for the Trump administration and its complete lack of international leadership on climate change action. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang […]
The world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 of the poorest 50% according to a new study from Oxfam. From 1990 to 2015, CO2 emissions rose by 60%; experts saw the wealthiest one percent’s emissions rise three times more than those of the poorest half during that period.
Why this matters: While the wealthiest indulge in luxuries that contribute more to climate change, a federal report found that the poor will be among the earliest victims of climate crises and will be impacted the most.
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