STATEMENT: Haaland takes action on climate, reversing Trump-era “energy dominance” policies

Apr 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

DENVER—Today, Secretary Haaland issued two Secretarial Orders aimed at addressing climate change and reversing Trump-era actions that negatively impacted land, water, and communities across the country. The first Secretarial Order creates a Climate Task Force to advance renewable energy development while investing in communities to ensure a just transition. The second Order works to realign the Interior Department’s priorities to protecting the environment, wildlife, and the public by rescinding several previous Secretarial Orders that pushed the Trump administration’s damaging “energy dominance” agenda. 

In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“For the last four years, the Trump administration catered to oil and gas CEOs at the expense of communities and our climate by slashing environmental safeguards and rubber stamping permits. The Interior Department’s actions today are a sweeping repudiation of the Trump administration’s reckless ‘energy dominance’ agenda.

“When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, there is no more time to waste. Taking action to mitigate climate change will have broad positive impacts for communities across the country, including protecting public health, supporting local economies, and conserving our natural heritage for future generations.”


  • The dismal legacy of Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ agenda [Westwise]
  • Inside Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Wildly Destructive Track Record [Westwise]
  • Time for public lands to step up to the climate plate [Westwise]

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