U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on April 16, 2021 issued two executive orders prioritizing action on climate change and revoking Trump administration policies promoting fossil fuel development. The orders ensured that the social cost of carbon use and other climate pollution will be considered in decision-making, and instructs agencies within the Department of the Interior not to adhere to the Trump-era regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). They also focused on economic justice and a just transition for communities most reliant on fossil fuels.
In support of those measures, environmental groups in New Mexico issued the following statements.
“The age of Trump’s devastating energy dominance regime is over,” said Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter. “Secretary Haaland is leading the way to justice for people, our communities, the climate, our air and our water. Centering tribal consultation, public participation, science and the social cost of carbon are key steps to ensuring a habitable planet for ourselves and future generations.”