The federal government is one of the world’s largest energy asset managers. As a result, its decisions have a significant impact in determining the nation’s energy portfolio, currently contributing 25 percent or more of total U.S. fossil energy used for electricity, transportation and production of goods. In 2016 (the most recent year that data is available), 40 percent of the coal, 26 percent of crude oil, and 23 percent of the natural gas produced domestically was developed on our public lands and waters. Yet less than five percent of the nation’s solar, wind and geothermal energy comes from public lands.
With the Trump Administration taking aggressive steps to reduce or eliminate protections for sensitive public lands and to exploit fossil energy resources regardless of the consequences, the coalition will lead the business community and engage policy makers on the impact these policies have on climate change and public health.