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American clean energy – championing freedom and choice for a fossil-fuel-free American West

Climate + Energy

The promise of freedom. The power of choice. The spirit of democracy. These are cornerstones of the American identity. Yet when it comes to clean energy, these ideals are conspicuously absent.

Right now, the federal government sells our public lands to oil, gas, and coal companies, then bails them out when they go bankrupt—even when clean energy is cheaper.  Meanwhile, massive utility companies deprive communities, large and small, of their freedom of choice. That doesn’t sound like “democracy” to us.

We envision a future in which communities are empowered to choose the kind of power, jobs, and local solutions that benefit current and future generations—solutions that will also enable us to confront the climate crisis. It’s time for a power shift to a fossil-fuel-free American West. A new energy Independence Day is dawning.

 

No More Fracking Our Public Lands

Call us in joining for a moratorium on leasing American public lands for fracking. Demand the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management keep our fossil fuels in the ground!

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Climate + Energy Program Work

WildEarth Guardians’ Climate + Energy program is focusing its energy on three campaigns.

Keep It in the Ground

Preserving our public lands for future generations—not selling our national heritage to mining companies.

Doable Renewable

Giving Western communities, not big corporations, the freedom to choose their power sources and solutions.

A Just Transition

Providing economic resources for communities and workers to move toward a clean energy future.

PRIORITY: Fighting Corporate Power

Empowering Americans to choose a fossil-fuel-free future for our public lands.

Climate + Energy Press

We Can’t Fireproof Fire-Dependent Forests, But We can Fireproof Homes

Counter Punch | Jun 25, 2021

This year’s wildfire season is well underway, not just in the Southwest where extreme temperatures and mega-drought continue to bake the region, but also in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, which is under a record-shattering June heat wave.

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We need complete climate leadership in Colorado
The Pueblo Chieftain | Feb 11, 2021
Oil and Gas is Costing New Mexico Dearly
Counter Punch | Dec 25, 2020
On Losing and Winning
Counter Punch | Nov 13, 2020

Lujan Grisham called on to halt oil and gas permits while pollution controls develop

Carlsbad Current Argus | Jul 20, 2021

Blocking oil and gas permits could be necessary to stopping air pollution, argued New Mexico environmental activists in an appeal to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The groups called for an end to oil and gas permitting as the state established new rules aimed at limiting emissions of methane and other air pollutants from extraction operations.

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