Today marks one year since Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took office. In that time, he has scrapped protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. He has taken steps to open protected areas of our oceans for oil drilling. And he has tried to increase fees for some of our most popular National Parks.
Now, Zinke is again trying to hand our environment over to the fossil fuel industry. He proposed gutting a rule that stops oil and gas companies from pointlessly venting and flaring methane on our public lands.
The Department of the Interior is accepting comments on this plan from people like you. So we need you to speak up NOW and stop it!
Help us reach 50,000 signatures: Tell the Department of the Interior to stop the fossil fuel industry from pointlessly polluting on our public lands!
Methane is a dangerous climate pollutant that is around 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Zinke’s proposal would severely weaken efforts to curb waste on public lands and fight climate change, leading to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer-owned energy every year. It would pollute our air and threaten public health. And it would further contribute to climate chaos.
This is a gut punch to Americans. It will make our kids sick and hurt communities across the country that are located near drilling sites.
The only ones who will benefit from Zinke’s plan are fossil fuel industry executives. This is just the latest example of Zinke and the Trump administration bowing to the wishes of their corporate friends instead of standing up for people and the environment. We can’t let them get away with it.
Add your comment: Stop Trump and Zinke from gutting protections for our climate and public health!
This spring, after Friends of the Earth members like you sent in more than 300,000 comments to protect our wild places, you prevented Trump and Zinke from handing over several National Monuments — from Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients and Idaho’s Craters of the Moon to Washington’s Hanford Reach. This shows that even Trump’s extreme anti-environmental administration will listen to public pressure.
What’s more, last year, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to save this methane rule. And just last week, a court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to delay enforcing the rule.
Momentum is building to stop this attack on our public lands and climate. Will you join the fight today?
Tell the Department of the Interior: Don’t scrap the methane rule!
Standing with you,
Senior fossil fuels program manager,
Friends of the Earth