Earthworks Agenda for the Biden Administration

February 11, 2021

Setting a Bold Agenda for President Biden’s First 100 Days in Office

February 4, 2021 • Lauren Pagel
It’s been a difficult four years as the Trump administration rolled back countless environmental safeguards, leaving our communities and environment especially vulnerable to the impacts of mining, drilling, and fracking.  But even against the toughest of odds, you helped us… More »

Biden’s pause on leasing & other actions are necessary first steps to protect climate, community health

January 27, 2021
Background: President Biden is set to sign several Executive Orders today fulfilling campaign promises he made to act on climate, environmental justice and equity within the first 100 days of his administration. These moves build upon orders made by Biden on his… More »

President Biden should heed calls from Congress and declare climate emergency

January 26, 2021
Background: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer encouraged the Biden-Harris White House to consider declaring the climate crisis a national emergency yesterday, echoing calls from Senator Jeff Merkley and other members of Congress. The move would empower the new administration with additional authority… More »

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Statement: Trump Admin’s Last-Minute Mining Decisions Must Be Reversed

January 15, 2021
Background: As part of a slew of rushed actions by the outgoing Trump administration, today the US Forest Service published the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision on a controversial land swap that would allow Resolution Copper,… More »

Earthworks Executive Director’s statement on violence in the U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021 • Jennifer Krill
The white supremacists who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building violently assaulted American democracy and provided a shameful culmination to the Trump presidency. Earthworks condemns the fatal attack that forced elected lawmakers out of the Capitol as they were certifying the… More »

New Analysis Finds Oil And Gas Liquid Waste Continues to be used on Roads Despite Close of Hazardous Waste Loophole 

December 21, 2020
Contact: Liz Moran (518) 610-1828, [email protected]; Melissa Troutman (724) 388-0464, [email protected]; Eric Weltman (617) 304-5330, [email protected] NEW ANALYSIS FINDS OIL AND GAS LIQUID WASTE CONTINUES TO BE USED  ON ROADS DESPITE CLOSURE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LOOPHOLE  On first day of… More »

Mining Reform: Learning From the Past to Better the Future

December 1, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
In 1872, the same year Susan B Anthony was arrested for voting, the US Congress passed the General Mining Act. This law governing public lands hardrock mining (i.e. gold, silver, copper) has not been meaningfully updated since. Its purpose, to… More »