Dakota Department of Health)
Last week, the US Geological Survey (USGS) released a
report (PDF) concluding that fossil fuels extracted from
public lands account for 23.7 percent of the nation’s carbon
dioxide emissions. Those numbers include carbon dioxide that’s
released during the drilling and coal mining process, as well as
carbon dioxide that’s released when the oil, gas, or coal that
comes from public lands is processed and burned.
Drilling and mining in the US can occur on private land, or
fossil fuel companies can seek leases from the federal government
to drill and mine. Offshore oil drilling, a contentious topic among
coastal states that are reluctant to see another Deepwater Horizon
disaster ruin their beachfront property,
counts as drilling on federal land.
The significance of the role that federal land leases play in
contributing to climate change will likely be ignored by the Trump
Administration. Last week, the US federal government
tried to bury a report on the dire effects that climate change
will have on the nation’s economy and health.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
Drilling on US public lands causes 24 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions