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David J. Hayes: Interior’s Leaked Strategic Plan “Reckless”

Former Interior Deputy Secretary: “Climate denial is alive and well in Trump’s Interior Department”

October 25, 2017
Contact: stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu

Washington, DC — David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law and former Interior deputy secretary in the Obama and Clinton Administrations, released the following statement on the Interior Department’s draft strategic plan:

“Climate denial is alive and well in Trump’s Interior Department. It is stunning that the Department responsible for stewarding America’s natural resources fails to acknowledge, prepare for, or respond to the climate-enhanced floods, droughts and wildfires that are devastating communities across America. Further, the Department’s focus on expanding fossil fuel development -- while relegating America's vast renewable energy resources to a virtual footnote -- is nothing short of reckless. After all, millions of acres in already-leased lands remain idle.

“We can hope the final plan embraces the Department's conservation mission, forthrightly addresses threats to climate change and pursues a clean energy future. Sadly, though, Secretary Zinke and his team appear fully engaged in implementing this draft plan." 


ABOUT THE STATE IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping State Attorneys General fight against regulatory rollbacks and advocate for clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.