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Millions of acres of land have been set aside for renewable energy projects in the southwest United States. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the bureau assigned to develop the property, has so far strongly favored leasing the land for oil and gas developments over alternative energy projects. To date, BLM has approved less than twenty renewable energy lease applications, but boasts nearly 600 leases for oil and gas extraction in this area. In fact, we have a record-breaking number of oil wells on public land nationwide — over 100,000.

BLM's overt affinity for oil and gas production shows that the bureau and its director Neil Kornze are much more concerned with accumulating wealth and power than with protecting the land with which they have been trusted. Tell Neil Kornze that overtly giving public land to the very companies that are destroying our planet is NOT acceptable! Sign the petition »

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Director Neil Kornze:

Currently, there are a record number of oil wells on public lands, and at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation meeting you stated that there are "nearly 7,000 permits [that] have been approved, but are sitting unused." You also said that you haven't been able "to move out aggressively in" these areas of public land that have been designated for energy projects — projects like the over 100,000 producing oil and gas wells that are currently managed by BLM.

There are other energy developments on public land — solar, wind, geothermal. In fact, there are about fifty currently active, utility-scale alternative energy projects on public lands. Considering there were zero approved renewable energy developments as recently as 2009, one could consider fifty projects to be progressive. However, in your keynote address to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, you said that the 7,000 approved oil and gas permits are "two years' worth of drilling permits…"

The White House has made a commitment to the people of the United States of America to "reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020." But despite the President's Climate Action Plan, which as a public servant you are obliged to follow, you have clearly prioritized the interests of yourself and your associates at corporate oil and gas over our planet's well-being by averaging 3,500 oil and gas permits per year, and only ten "green" energy projects.

In your keynote address, you stated that you hope "to help protect communities and the environment and to ensure that taxpayers are getting a fair return on public resources." However, allocating a majority of the taxpayers' public land to companies that are making a profit off of the deteriorating health of our environment does not give us a fair return on our public resources. What you are in fact doing is perpetuating the very system that is destroying our environment and, in turn, our communities.

It is your duty as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to protect the people of the United States — both present and future — by taking actions that will benefit and heal the planet from which we have been given life. As the owners of the public land you manage, we urge you to cease your outdated, oil-age policies, and to perform your civic duty.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Apr 13, 2018 Jennine Beckmann
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 marcia karuba
Apr 2, 2018 Christine Saranchuk
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Mar 30, 2018 Terri Robb
Mar 28, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 27, 2018 Llauren Peralta
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Leanne Keane
Mar 25, 2018 Erin Sackmann
Mar 25, 2018 angus murris
Mar 25, 2018 Terry Simmons BLM's overt affinity for oil and gas production shows that the bureau and its director Neil Kornze are much more concerned with accumulating WEALTH and POWER than with protecting the land with which they have been trusted. PROTECT OUR FUTURE!
Mar 25, 2018 William Schultz
Mar 24, 2018 Joann Henderson
Mar 23, 2018 Néstor Fernández Quintero
Mar 21, 2018 Susan Querze
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 19, 2018 Candice C
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Mar 19, 2018 Melissa O'Rourke
Mar 13, 2018 Ann Benoit
Mar 9, 2018 Linda Dezotelle for the greater good, we have only 1 planet presidents come and GO
Mar 6, 2018 Roberta Llewellyn
Mar 4, 2018 DD REDMAN
Mar 3, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 3, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 2, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Mar 1, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Mar 1, 2018 Kristen Koster
Mar 1, 2018 A Davis
Feb 28, 2018 Barbara Greenwood
Feb 25, 2018 Kate Ague
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Feb 22, 2018 Helga Jelus
Feb 22, 2018 Mark Butler
Feb 21, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 21, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 21, 2018 Cecelia Furman
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
Feb 11, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis

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