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Energy transition – providing a soft landing for fossil fuel workers and communities.

A Just Transition

Transitioning to clean energy sources shouldn’t mean pulling the rug out from under communities or leaving workers without a safety net. But that’s exactly what coal, oil, and gas companies are doing when business is bad: paying executives millions, while neglecting communities and employees.

WildEarth Guardians believes it’s time for A Just Transition. That means providing resources for communities to shift to more sustainable, prosperous economies, and for workers to move into more secure and lucrative careers. To that end, we advocate for state, local, and federal legislation and leadership to secure a just transition for all.

Keep Our Coal in the Ground, Save Our Climate

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What We’re After

Supporting Communities and Individuals

Healthcare for miners. Job retraining opportunities. There’s no reason workers and communities should be left hanging upon coal’s inevitable exit.

Ensuring Economic Viability

Communities need resources to move to clean energy economies. The federal government, local government, utilities, and businesses can help.

Fostering Bold Change

For all of us in the American West, the time for possibilities and solutions is at-hand. Fossil fuels won’t power our future, so let’s shift the paradigm.

A municipal-sized solar array is welded prior to installation in the field. Welding is just one career that thrives in a clean economy. Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation

How We’ll Get There

Securing legal support for communities

The only surefire way to transition from fossil fuels is to incentivize communities not to invest further in coal, oil, and gas. With the help of local and state legislatures, we aim to develop, implement, and sustain economic alternatives to help communities transition.

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Making A Just Transition Interior’s priority

The Interior Department may not fully embrace A Just Transition now, but we have plenty of opportunities to force it to acknowledge the need to support transition in the future—whether by protesting unfair mining proposals or suggesting ways to re-invest coal royalties into communities.

Linking transition and conservation

Transition will invariably require protecting our public lands so communities can benefit economically from outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and hunting and fishing in places once blighted by fossil fuel production. Working with partners, we’ll ensure transition is a part of land protection initiatives.

Priority: Tackling Tri-State

Compelling the American West’s largest co-op utility company and one of the nation’s largest carbon polluters to transition to clean, renewable energy.

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How You Can Help

Help shift the power to create a fossil-fuel-free American West! Be a guardian for climate by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we're a powerful force for nature and a force to be reckoned with.

Climate + Energy Press

Zinke Proposes More Fracking in Greater Chaco, Despite Need for More Analysis

Jul 25, 2018

Farmington, NM — After deferring a lease sale for fracking in the Greater Chaco area scheduled for March 2018 due to a need for more cultural study and consultation, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management plans to hold another sale

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Chaco needs congressional leadership

The Santa Fe New Mexican | Mar 24, 2018

For centuries, Chaco Canyon was a gathering place where ancestral Puebloan peoples came together to make their world a better place. At the heart of the ancient civilization’s genius are the complex and intricate relationships between its grand architecture, global commerce, ceremonies and their link to solar and lunar cycles.

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San Juan coal mine gets larger environmental review

The Journal | Jun 29, 2018

A proposal to extend the San Juan coal mine lease in northwestern New Mexico that fuels an adjacent power station would have minor impacts on air and water, according to a new and larger environmental study.

The San Juan Coal Co. seeks to reaffirm a lease extension through 2033 to mine 36 million tons of coal to power the San Juan Generating Station.

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