Rule would boost so­lar and wind en­ergy on pub­lic lands

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion took ac­tion Thurs­day to boost de­vel­op­ment of so­lar and wind en­ergy on pub­lic lands, part of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s strat­egy to de­velop cleaner do­mes­tic en­ergy and re­duce emis­sions blamed for global warm­ing.

A rule an­nounced by the In­te­rior De­part­ment would cre­ate a new leas­ing pro­gram on pub­lic lands and pro­mote de­vel­op­ment in ar­eas where it would have less en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects.

The rule came a lit­tle more than two months be­fore Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump takes of­fice, and a new Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion could re­con­sider the rule or scrap it.

The In­te­rior De­part­ment said the rule would en­cour­age re­new­able en­ergy while gen­er­at­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue.

“We are fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­spon­si­ble re­new­able en­ergy de­vel­op­ment in the right places, cre­at­ing jobs and cut­ting car­bon pol­lu­tion for the ben­e­fit of all Amer­i­cans,” said In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Sally Jewell.

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