Public lands

Elizabeth Warren's public lands proposal would reverse Trump policies

Elizabeth Warren picketing
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.

House approves extensive conservation package

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park. Photo: Doug LemkeGetty Images

House lawmakers passed a public lands conservation measure on Tuesday that will add more than 1 million acres of new wilderness, restore a conservation program funneling offshore drilling revenue to land conservation, and establish new national monuments to honor civil rights activists and Civil War soldiers.

The details: The House voted 363-62 to push the package through, just two weeks after the Senate approved the measure by 92-8. The bill will head to the White House for President Trump’s signature. This is viewed as a notable bipartisan victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is vigorously rolling back public land protections in favor of coal and big oil.

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