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  • Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit on Montana Coal Mine Expansion

    The expansion of the Bull Mountains Mine project in Montana would allow for an increase in coal production likely resulting in more than $9 billion in climate damages. We filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit criticizing the Office of Surface Mining’s analysis of the project, which fails to monetize climate impacts using the social cost of carbon. We explain that the project’s full economic benefit is, at most, just one-third of its expected climate costs. 

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  • Comments to BLM on December 2020 Lease Sale in Colorado

    A proposed oil and gas lease sale in Colorado would offer over 45,000 acres in areas valuable for recreation, wildlife, environmental conservation, and tourism. We submitted comments explaining how the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental assessment neglects its duties to manage public lands for multiple uses and consider more limited leasing scenarios.

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  • Presidential Transition Guidance

    As the presidential transition begins, the Institute for Policy Integrity has outlined recommended policy priorities for the Biden administration on climate, energy, and environmental policy, and related social equity outcomes. It is crucial that the incoming administration undertake aggressive reforms that are grounded in science and economics. In recent months, we published a series of reports highlighting actionable, near- and medium-term policy recommendations in several key areas.

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  • Amicus Briefs on Repeal of Fracking Rule

    In 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) repealed an Obama-era rule that tightens environmental regulations for fracking on public lands. We filed an amicus brief detailing BLM’s irrational analysis of the repeal, which erases the rule’s significant net benefits and flouts longstanding standard practices.

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  • Comments to BLM on Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah

    Despite being ordered to provide a more thorough analysis of greenhouse gas emissions by a U.S. district court, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to adequately consider emissions from a number of oil and gas leases in Utah. We submitted comments recommending that BLM use the social cost of carbon to weigh climate impacts and, further, assess the option value of deferring lease sales to improve its land management decisions.

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  • Comments on Climate Damages from Farmington Mancos-Gallup RMP

    The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs forecast that resource management in New Mexico's Farmington Mancos-Gallup region would produce more than 300 million metric tons of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions under their preferred alternative. Our joint comments explain that the agencies should better evaluate the proposal's climate impacts using the social cost of greenhouse gases. We also submitted comments focused on the agencies' obligation to conduct environmental justice analysis under Executive Order 12,898.

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  • A New Way Forward on Climate Change and Energy Development for Public Lands and Waters Cover

    A New Way Forward on Climate Change and Energy Development for Public Lands and Waters

    The Department of the Interior has yet to develop a comprehensive plan to accurately account for, manage, and mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels from public lands and waters. This document describes immediate and longer-term actions that Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management should take to reform public lands management consistent with climate change, conservation, and fiscal reform priorities.

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  • Comments to FERC on PennEast Amendment Project

    The PennEast 2020 Amendment Project, which provides for various additions to the proposed PennEast pipeline, would result in significant greenhouse gas emissions. We submitted comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions’s draft environmental assessment of the project, which fails to meaningfully assess the impact of emissions using social cost of carbon metrics.  

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  • BLM Cancels Oil and Gas Lease Sale in Utah’s Moab Region

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its decision to exclude 87,000 acres of public lands from an upcoming lease sale, agreeing with arguments raised by policymakers and environmental advocates, including Policy Integrity, that these public lands are too valuable for other uses to be designated for fossil fuel extraction.

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  • Amicus Brief in D.C. Circuit on Tennessee Pipeline Extension

    If constructed, the Tennessee pipeline extension and related projects would be responsible for substantial greenhouse gas emissions. We submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that explains how FERC’s failure to quantify the project’s emissions and monetize climate damages using Social Cost of Carbon estimates is arbitrary.

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