Stopping coal mining and fracking – preserving our public lands and defending our climate.
Keep It in the Ground
Americans own more than 600 million acres of public lands. These public lands provide half of the nation’s coal. When the federal government sells our public lands to coal, oil, and gas companies, those lands are fenced off; they become “public” in name only. We have no choice in what happens to our national heritage, and we can only watch as the places we (and our kids, and our grandkids) enjoyed are transformed into coal mines and fracking wells.
That isn’t right. In fact, it’s downright un-American.
WildEarth Guardians is fighting for our freedom to choose what’s best for our public lands. We’re fighting not just to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but also to stop fossil fuel production in its tracks. When we secure our freedom to choose, we can stem the climate crisis and preserve an enduring legacy for future generations.
Keep Our Coal in the Ground, Save Our Climate
The Trump Administration wants to re-approve four massive coal leases in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s largest coal producing region. Speak out against coal leasing and climate denial under Trump!
Keep It in the Ground Key Strategies
Photo: cc2 Andrew Kearns
Keep It in the Ground Milestones
Photo: Frack Off Greater Chaco
March 2018 – New Mexico
Stopped oil and gas lease sale in Greater Chaco
After years of work alongside allies, compelled Interior Secretary Zinke to cancel planned sale of 4,400 acres of Greater Chaco for oil and gas development.
Photo: BLM Wyoming
2017 – Wyoming
Locked up 2,000,000,000 tons of coal
Successfully won a suit to keep two billion tons of coal in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin in the ground, on the basis that burning it would have disastrous consequences for climate change.
Photo: WildEarth Guardians
2016 – Rocky Mountain West
Kept 1,800,000,000 tons of coal in the ground
Helped secure a “moratorium” on new coal leasing on public lands in the Rocky Mountain West, keeping 1.8 billion tons of coal in the ground.
Photo: WildEarth Guardians
2014 – Colorado
Secured a major legal victory
Won a precedent-setting legal ruling involving a coal mine in Colorado that requires federal land management agencies to consider the social cost or cumulative and inclusive effects of mining and burning coal.
Photo: Anders B. Knudsen, Flickr
2010 – Colorado
Shut down three Western coal-fired plants
Partially or completely shut down three coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico.
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
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U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled last month that the Bureau of Land Management had failed to consider, or attempt to quantify, how potential fossil fuel development from those leases exacerbates a warming climate when it leased about 500 square miles of land to companies during the Obama years.Read more >