Democrats strongly believe in our responsibility to address the climate crisis head-on and to serve as stewards of our environment and public lands for current and future generations. Democrats are working with President Biden to restore protections for our environment and natural ecosystems while promoting cleaner air and water. We will build on the achievements of the 116th Congress, when Democrats secured enactment of a bipartisan conservation and public lands package that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now that the United States has rejoined the Paris Climate Accords, Democrats will work with Biden Administration to pursue energy and emissions standards that enable our country to lead the world’s clean-energy economy and create millions of new jobs for our people while helping to coordinate an effective, science-based, and global response to the climate crisis.
Today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior represents an abdication of this Administration’s responsibility to serve as stewards of our public lands and national monuments for current and future generations.