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Shortsighted energy gimmicks blot Trump’s budget
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Shortsighted energy gimmicks blot Trump’s budget

Kate Kelly writes about the problems for public lands in the Trump budget.

Tucked away in the questionable math and egregious accounting tricks that make up President Trump’s first budget proposal is a provision that underscores a troubling trend for this administration — selling out public lands to the oil and gas industry.

Trump’s budget proposes opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling in order to generate a speculative $1.8 billion for the general treasury. This was a bad idea in the 1980s and ’90s, and it’s a bad idea now.

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Kate Kelly

Director, Public Lands