Fossil fuel development costs society trillions of dollars in air and water pollution, climate change, public health, and environmental degradation.
While the Biden administration’s current failure to meaningfully act on leasing could have devastating climate impacts, it is not too late to change course. Interior still can conduct a full analysis of the leasing program.
The amount fossil fuel-reliant communities require to decouple from the federal leasing program pales in comparison to the bailouts the failing fossil fuel industry receives. As we build back better, we should build back with new protections for communities tied to fossil fuel extraction that foster a safer, healthier, and more economically secure future.
This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, to compel the United States Department of Interior (“DOI”) to release non-exempt records concerning DOI’s ethics standards and contracts with public relations or communications firms, as well as the activities of highly placed officials within DOI.
The violations arise out of Agency Defendants’ failure to respond to FOIA requests that Plaintiffs submitted for records regarding policies or guidelines governing Agency Defendants’ handling of FOIA requests that were created, stored, or received under the current Administration—since January 20, 2017.
This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., to compel the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) to release records concerning a review by the Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, of decisions by past Presidents proclaiming public lands to be national monuments under the Antiquities Act, 54 U.S.C. §§ 320301-320303.