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 Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest the departure of a Shell icebreaker for the coast of Alaska. July 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Don Ryan)

Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest the departure of a Shell icebreaker for the coast of Alaska. July 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Don Ryan)

According to a study released this month by the Stockholm Environmental Institute, the most significant move US policy-makers could make to stay on track to keep warming below 1.5 degrees would be phasing out fossil-fuel production on public lands and waters. Doing so would reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions by 100 million tons per year by 2030, researchers projected, a reduction “comparable to that of other major climate policies under consideration by the Obama administration.” About a quarter of all the coal, oil, and gas produced in the United States comes from publicly owned lands, which are leased to energy companies for extraction. The Obama administration recently put a moratorium on the chronically mismanaged federal coal-leasing program while a review is underway, but climate groups have asked for a full stop to oil and gas activity, too.

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