Grijalva Cheers Biden Administration Action to Boost Clean Energy Development on Public Lands

WASHINGTON – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement applauding the Biden administration’s announcement of a final rule for renewable energy development on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Biden administration also announced that it has permitted nearly 29 gigawatts of renewable energy projects, far surpassing President Biden’s ambitious goal of 25 gigawatts by 2025.

“Our public lands must be part of our climate solution, and with this final rule, President Biden and Secretary Haaland are taking the bold action we need to make sure they are,” said Ranking Member Grijalva. “By supporting responsible and balanced renewable energy development on our public lands, we can usher in a new era of cleaner, safer, more sustainable energy for all Americans. I’m grateful to the Biden administration for its continued commitment to ensuring our global leadership in clean energy and climate action. These are the types of changes we need for the future our children and grandchildren deserve.” 


Fossil fuel production on our public lands is responsible for a quarter of the country’s carbon emissions, making public land management a critical component of reaching the nation’s ambitious climate goals. BLM’s final Renewable Energy Rule will boost clean energy development on our public lands by reducing capacity fees by nearly 80 percent. Across the country, clean energy development projects are creating good-paying union jobs, revitalizing economic development, and reducing pollution for overburdened communities.

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