How Biden’s climate actions benefit public lands

Apr 16, 2024

The Wilderness Society published a new report that shows how the Biden administration’s progress on climate also benefits public lands. According to the report, in the Lower 48 states, the administration’s actions could result in a 40 percent reduction in lifecycle emissions from coal, oil, and gas on public lands, the equivalent of removing 93 million cars from the road each year.

The report, Building a Legacy: The Biden Administration’s Climate Action on Pubic Lands,” highlights the impacts of some of the administration’s key climate policies, including reducing new oil and gas leasing and boosting responsible renewable energy deployment on public lands, and limiting areas available for fossil fuel development in the Arctic. The report also notes the avoided emissions and natural carbon storage facilitated by the administration’s efforts to protect mature and old-growth forests.

“Taken together, the administration’s current and proposed actions on public lands constitute a comprehensive shift toward more holistic management that centers conservation, climate, and communities,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “At a time when we need to throw everything we’ve got at countering climate change, facilitating a 40 percent drop in emissions from fossil fuels on public lands is a big deal.”

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Quick hits

Report: How Biden’s climate actions benefit public lands

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Quote of the day

Expanding the boundaries of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include 109,000 acres closest to Los Angeles would significantly improve access to nature for one of the country’s largest, most diverse cities. This expansion would further deliver on President Biden’s goals and demonstrate how executive action can prioritize community needs and the future of the planet in a changing climate.”

—Sam Zeno, Conservation Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

Picture This

A brown bear staring intently while resting on a log at Katmai National Park & Preserve, Alaska.


One day you’re young and wild; the next, it’s Monday, and you’re dialing into a teams call.

You got this. Go out and paw-sitively crush it today. May your meetings be short, your coffee plentiful, and your problem-solving skills on par with a bear. For example, bears are resourceful creatures and can adapt to changing circumstances in their environment. They are skilled at finding creative solutions to challenges they face, whether it’s figuring out how to catch fish in a fast-moving stream, finding a way to access hard-to-reach food sources, or responding to an email without coming off as unbearable. It was passive-aggressive, but it is what it is, Carl.

Image: A brown bear staring intently while resting on a log at Katmai National Park & Preserve, Alaska. NPS/ J. Ehrlenbach

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