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President Joe Biden’s pause on oil and gas leases on public lands was overturned, but conservation groups want to ensure the leasing process is limited in scope. The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a lease sale covering more than 6,200 acres in Montana. Aubrey Bertram with Wild Montana says there’s an urgent need to curb carbon emissions on public lands. She notes that if our public lands were a country they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in the world. Bertram says the Biden administration has ambitious climate goals and fossil-fuel extraction on public land will play an integral role in that.

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