Trump’s Real Record On Public Lands
Trump’s focus on giving Big Oil everything they want has undermined any election year attempt at trying to greenwash his pro-polluter record.
- In fact, his efforts to cut royalty rates for offshore oil drillers directly impact the funding stream for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is supported by revenues from offshore drilling.
- In the first lease sale of Trump’s administration, royalty rates on shallow-water offshore drilling leases were slashed to the statutory minimum of 12.5%, down from 18.75%.
- Recently, Trump’s administration has proposed a discount scheme to allow oil companies to effectively pay even less than the legal minimum for oil pumped from our coasts.
Trump prioritized selling out our nation’s public lands for fossil fuel development.
- The Department of the Interior under Trump’s administration has been characterized as a “Return to the Robber Baron Years,” a reference to the oil barons who financed the election of Warren G. Harding.
Trump’s Interior department released a strategic plan that prioritized approving more oil and gas permits on public lands, even when the industry was sitting on thousands of approved permits.
Staff at the Bureau of Land Management were even directed to promote images of oil and gas wells on the agency’s social media.
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