Judge temporarily blocks drilling on 300,000 acres in Wyoming, citing climate change

A federal judge has temporarily blocked new drilling on 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming after ruling that the US Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when allowing oil and gas companies to lease federal land in the state.

The Trump administration is known for being suspicious of climate change and courting the favor of oil and gas giants. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, for instance, was famously cozy with fossil fuel companies. In 2018, the Interior Department offered more than 12.8 million acres of public lands to oil and gas companies, according to The New York Times. In Wyoming, the number of drilling rigs doubled from 2016 to 2018.

Now, US District Court for the District of Columbia…

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