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Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Protect Public Lands Highlights Environmental Justice Issues

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A view from the north of the Valley of the Gods, one of the areas excised from Bears Ears National Monument by President Donald Trump‘s December 4th, 2017, proclamation.

Elizabeth Warren, a United States senator from Massachusetts and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, published her plan for the protection of public lands on Monday. The detailed plan aligns with her policy-first platform and outlines specific actions she would take as president to increase protections for—and access to—public lands.

Warren has a consistent track record on environmental legislation. The League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group, gave her a 99 percent “Lifetime Score” on its National Environmental Scorecard.

Warren wants to make public lands part of the solution to climate change, not a contributor. Her proposal includes an executive order (to be implemented on her first day as president) that would eliminate new fossil fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. She also calls for increasing renewable energy on public lands.

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