Climate & Energy

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the American West’s communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife.

WELC Statement: Interior to Rewrite or Rescind BLM Methane Rule (Statement 6/21/17)

Sec. Zinke provides conflicting information to court, Congress

Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told the Senate Energy Committee the Trump administration will rewrite or rescind the Bureau of Land Management methane waste rule.

Senate defeats repeal of methane rule


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted narrowly Wednesday to defeat an effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s rule clamping down on the venting and flaring of methane gas by oil and gas companies that drill on federal land in New Mexico and around the country.

The 51-49 Senate vote was hailed as a rare victory for environmentalists under the administration of President Donald Trump, but blasted by business groups that called it a devastating, job-killing blow to the industry.

Conservation Groups File Series of Lawsuits to Enforce Transparency Under Trump (News Release 6/14/17)

Federal Government Stonewalling Efforts to Obtain Public Information on Wildlife, Environment

In a series of legal actions filed today and yesterday, WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped up their efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release government records related to the killing of western wildlife and oversight of fossil fuel companies.

Interior bows to oil and gas industry, allows continued methane waste (Statement 6/14/17)

BLM rule delay defies Congress' will, harms taxpayers, public health, environment

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Groups challenge expansion of largest coal mine in Montana (News Release 6/8/17)

Never subject to detailed environmental analysis, mine threatens climate

Today, a coalition of conservation and clean energy advocates challenged a decision by the U.S.

WELC statement on U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate agreement (Statement 6/1/17)


Today, President Trump stated he will withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

Senate rejects bid to kill sensible BLM methane rule (News Release 5/10/17)

Senate heeds 81 percent of Westerners who support methane waste reduction

In a close vote, the Senate chose today to protect taxpayers, public health, and the environment by preserving the Bureau of Land Management methane waste rule. Today's vote reflects the will of the public, which launched a massive effort to keep the common-sense rule on the books.

Environmental Watchdogs Fight Trump Admin for Withholding Public Information on Climate (News Release 4/25/17)

Groups Initiate Legal Process to Force Disclosure

Today the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of WildEarth Guardians, delivered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management and Office of Surface Mining.

Orders from Trump, Zinke reverse nation’s climate and energy policy


As carbon dioxide levels hit levels unseen in 650,000 years and global temperatures continue to rise, the United States government is rolling back climate change policies.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking and rescinding all Obama-era orders and reports addressing climate and clean energy.

NM plays key role in methane rule conflict


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Efforts by the new Republican Congress to roll back Obama-era regulations on methane emissions in the oil and gas industry is emerging as one of the first major battles over regulatory reform under President Donald Trump, and New Mexico is at the heart of it.

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