Explore the newest iteration of The Wilderness Society’s Federal Lands Emissions Accountability Tool (FLEAT), which shows the impact of various policy scenarios on reducing emissions from federal lands and waters through 2030.
Drilling and mining on U.S. federal lands and waters managed by the Interior Department result in lifecycle emissions equivalent to 20% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. To meet U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets established following the Paris Agreement, federal lands and waters must be included in the solution.
The scenarios include a repeal of the Clean Power Plan (No CPP) designed by the Obama Administration and currently under review by the Trump Administration; full implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP); and two proactive emission reduction policies going beyond the Clean Power Plan (CPP+ and CPP++). The pie charts indicate how close these various policy scenarios get us to our 80% emissions reduction goal by 2030.
Under all but the most ambitious policy scenario the U.S. will fail to reduce emissions to the levels needed to align with domestic goals. We must make smarter decisions in the development of federal energy resources to bring federal lands and waters emissions in line with our climate goals.