Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Court lifts US coal sales moratorium in a setback for Dems and environmentalists

Feb. 21, 2024 19:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands in a move that could open the door to future coal sales from vast, publicly owned reserves of the fuel that's a major source of climate-changing greenhouse gases. ...

The Pentagon will install rooftop solar panels as Biden pushes clean energy in federal buildings

Jan. 17, 2024 17:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department will install solar panels on the Pentagon, part of the Biden administration's plan to promote clean energy and “reestablish the federal government as a sustainability leader.” The Pentagon is one of 31 government sites that are receiving...

Wyoming holds off on auctioning huge piece of pristine land inside Grand Teton

Dec. 07, 2023 17:53 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor and other top leaders decided Thursday to hold off on auctioning a big chunk of state-owned land within Grand Teton National Park, choosing instead to continue negotiations with the U.S. government on a purchase or land swap for the pristine and valuable...

At tribal summit, Biden says he's working to 'heal the wrongs of the past' and 'move forward'

Dec. 06, 2023 15:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Native American nations gathered for a summit Wednesday that his administration was working to heal the wrongs of the past as he signed an executive order that seeks to make it easier for Indigenous peoples to access federal funding, and have greater...