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The Melting Arctic: Climate Impacts on People & Wildlife - Oct. 5, 2020

Nowhere on Earth is the climate crisis more keenly felt than in the Arctic, an area that is warming at twice the global average - yet Alaska continues to be exploited for its oil and gas resources. The Trump administration continues to push for new oil and gas leasing on Alaska's North Slope, which is home to Alaska Native communities and some of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. In the face of the climate crisis, this backward approach makes zero sense. Higher temperatures in the Arctic are… Continue Reading


Deepwater Horizon Disaster 10 Year Report


Bureau of Land Management Needs to Improve Its Data and Oversight of Its Potential Liabilities

A June 5, 2018, GAO report on the high cost to taxpayers of orphaned oil and gas wells. The report finds that the Bureau of Land Management has not kept accurate records of such costs.… Continue Reading


Fossil Apostles: Fossil Fuels, the GOP, and the Fate of Our National Monuments

A report from Ranking Member Grijalva on the Trump administration's "review" of 27 national monuments with an eye to shrinking them or rescinding their conservation status. The review, which was expected to be completed shortly after this report was made public, has been plagued by a lack of public input, Interior Secretary Zinke's refusal to meet with pro-monument stakeholders, unclear criteria and little transparency, and heavy industry influence on the administration's fossil fuel policies.… Continue Reading


Interior Could Do More to Account for and Manage Natural Gas Emissions

GAO was asked to review Interior's management of natural gas emissions onshore. This report examines: The extent to which Interior can account for these emissions How BLM field offices have managed requests to vent or flare. GAO analyzed Interior data, including a simple random sample of venting or flaring requests from fiscal year 2014, the most recent year for which data were available; reviewed Interior documents; and interviewed officials from a nongeneralizable sample of six BLM fiel… Continue Reading

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