Rule would boost solar and wind energy on public lands
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.