“The deal provides critical investments in clean energy, but it also props up the oil and gas industry. While we’re cognizant of DC political dynamics, this fact should light a fire under the Biden administration to immediately leverage its well-established legal authorities to avoid, minimize, and compensate for ongoing exploitation of the country’s shared public lands for fossil fuels,” said Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director of the Western Environmental Law Center. “The overwhelming scientific consensus demands that we immediately wind down extracting and burning fossil fuels from public lands. The deal’s oil and gas provisions work against that consensus. The administration must therefore act, and we’ve provided it with a roadmap to do just that. If they don’t, they should be prepared for fierce resistance.”

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