Judge: Trump Administration Must Consider Climate Change, Blocks Drilling Plan

An oil rig in Wyoming.Beaureau of Land Management/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

A federal judge has put efforts to drill 300,000 acres of federal land for oil and fuel to a halt.

A federal judge has put a temporary halt on drilling efforts in Wyoming, stating that the Interior Department "did not sufficiently consider climate change" in its plan to drill for oil and gas across 300,000 acres of federal land.

This marks the first instance in which courts have held the Trump administration accountable for the long-term effects of its energy policies. Experts and environmental activists question whether the result will set a trend within the court system of resisting Trump's fossil-fuel agenda, or if this case is exceptional. Democrats, who were unable to do much in the first two years of his presidency, hope that 2019 and 2020 will be different.

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