Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Haaland urges Biden to fully protect three national monuments weakened by Donald Trump

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has recommended in a private report that President Biden restore full protections to three national monuments diminished by Donald Trump, including Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante and a huge marine reserve off New England. The move would preserve more than 4 million acres of federal lands and waters.
  • Jun 14, 2021

Biden officials move to reinstate Alaska roadless rule, overturning Trump policy

The Biden administration said Friday it would prohibit road building in half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, resurrecting 20-year-old protections Donald Trump had stripped three months before leaving office.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Gore pressed Biden to stick with climate plans as liberals fear White House is softening its agenda

The president and former vice president had a private phone call amid concerns the White House might strip climate measures from infrastructure deal.
  • Jun 10, 2021
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Washington’s X-Files

The serious government search for UFOs. What the death of Keystone XL could mean for Big Oil. And, what we know about how covid affects the brain.
  • Jun 10, 2021

Alaska Native corporation to protect its land, dealing blow to massive gold mine project

The deal will make it difficult for backers of a massive open-pit gold and copper mine to carry out their project because the new protections cover a portion of a critical route the Pebble Limited Partnership plans to use to transport ore from the mine.
  • Jun 8, 2021

Biden administration suspends oil and gas leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Interior Department moved to cancel several oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, arguing the Trump administration rushed to auction off drilling rights just days before President Biden took office.
  • Jun 1, 2021

Prairie chickens are dying out on the Great Plains. Biden’s efforts to save them could spark fight on key oil patch

The Biden administration awarded new protections under the Endangered Species Act for the lesser prairie chicken Wednesday, a move that could have major consequences for the oil and gas industry. By heeding scientists' warning that it faces possible extinction in New Mexico and Texas, the administration has set up a possible clash between the iconic bird and powerful economic interests in the Southwest.
  • May 26, 2021

As hurricane season looms, Biden doubles funding to prepare for extreme weather

President Biden will announce Monday after that he’s doubling the amount of funding the U.S. government will spend helping communities prepare to withstand extreme weather events, while launching a new effort at NASA to collect climate data. While the $1 billion in preparedness funding is a fraction of what taxpayers spend each year on disasters, it underscores a broader effort to account for the risks posed by climate change, and reduce their impact.
  • May 24, 2021