The White River

Taylor McKinnon

Photograph, 1280 x 854

Runaway climate pollution requires runaway land industrialization, as seen on federal and state land flanking the White River’s westward meander toward its confluence with the Green. Our public carbon estate — fossil fuels administered on the public’s behalf by the Department of the Interior – would rank fifth globally for annual climate pollution if it were a country. Production of federal oil, gas and coal causes a quarter of U.S. climate pollution. Interior agencies do not track the total climate pollution from administration of those fuels. Their programs have never faced legally-required climate review and remain untethered to U.S. climate goals.