Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today challenged her employees to take an active role in the “moral imperative” to address climate change.
“I hope there are no climate change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said.
If there are any, she invited them to visit public lands managed by the agency — be it the melting permafrost in Alaska or shrinking snowpacks in the Sierra Mountains — as proof. “If you don’t believe in it, come out into the resources,” she said.
Interior will be following through on President Obama’s climate change plan, including achieving 20 gigawatts of renewable power on public lands by 2020, she said.
“You and I can actually do something about it,” she said several times. “That’s a privilege, and I would argue it’s a moral imperative.”