The Supreme Court stayed implementation of the plan in February pending judicial review, prompted by the lawsuits Pruitt supported. Learn More HereThe D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the legality of the rule. Related: Obama Caps Environmental Legacy With Paris Climate Change Deal Trump could have several paths to rolling back the plan, based on the court’s decision, Freeman wrote after the election , but he could still potentially face legal battles. Freeman added that she “wouldn’t be surprised” if the current administration’s moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands , announced in January, were lifted “fairly quickly” as it did not go through as lengthy of a rule-making process. Activists have also expressed concern over the fate of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline and privatization of tribal lands. Earlier this month, Trump’s transition team came under fire from Native American environmental activists for a proposal to privatize up to 56 million acres of tribal lands for resource extraction. Play Copy this code to your website or blog For Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network, privatizing Native lands is an attempt to “exploit us” for oil, gas, coal and uranium. In 2009, the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, a tribal energy consortium, estimated the worth of Indian energy resources to be upwards of $1.5 trillion representing about 20 percent of the nation’s untapped oil and gas reserves. Related: What’s Next for the Dakota Access Pipeline?
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