Apr 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's public lands proposal would reverse Trump policies

Elizabeth Warren picketing in Massachusetts. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposed a broad plan on Monday to protect America's public lands, another addition to her list of proposed policies to set herself apart from a crowded Democratic field.

The big picture: Warren's proposal would reverse some of the Trump administration's most visible energy policies, including an executive order on her first day in office that would end drilling offshore and on public lands. It would also require that 10% of U.S. electricity generation must come from renewable sources located offshore or on public lands.

"We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess. All of us — local communities and tribes, hunters and anglers, ranchers and weekend backpackers — must work together to manage and protect our shared heritage."
— From Warren's Medium post on the proposal

The proposal also includes:

  • Free entrance to national parks.
  • Unlocking 50% of currently inaccessible federally owned land for public use.
  • "A 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps" with 10,000 young people, funded by an increased AmeriCorps budget.
  • Using the Antiquities Act, an early 20th century law, to restore protections for national monuments that had been opened up to development by the Trump administration.
  • Incorporating state, local and tribal stakeholders for public land management.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.

JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.