Interior Celebrates 500 Days of American Greatness Under President Trump

Last edited 09/29/2021

"President Donald J. Trump and the entire administration are delivering on promises that the President has made to the American people. In the first 500 days of President Trump's Administration, the Department of the Interior has relit the pilot light of American energy production, increasing energy revenues by more than a billion dollars in our first year and approving key energy infrastructure projects. We are making American communities safer by taking opioids and other dangerous drugs off the streets, and we are increasing law enforcement on public lands along our southern border. We are opening up more public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities, while we are also working with Congress on a bipartisan bill to rebuild our National Parks' crumbling roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. And we’re just getting started."

— Secretary Ryan Zinke

The Interior Department under President Trump: Keeping America Safe

  • Carried out the President's Executive Order on "critical minerals," listing minerals key to economic and national security
  • Deployed law enforcement officers to the U.S.-Mexico border, conducting drug raids and arresting illegal aliens
  • Formed a law enforcement task force on opioids in Indian Country, executing massive drug seizures

President Trump is Deliverying Regulatory Relief to Hardworking Americans

  • Dozens of burdensome regulations repealed or modified
  • DOI's semi-annual regulatory agenda cut by over 50%
  • Expedited timelines ordered for permitting under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Reasonable deadlines and page limits established for Environmental Impact Studies 

American Infrastructure for American Greatness

  • Approved the final two segments of the Gateway West power line in southwestern Idaho that was stalled for over a decade, leading to the creation of American jobs and helping to power the American West for years to come
  • "One Federal Decision" framework established for infrastructure permitting
  • Bipartisan bill introduced to clear the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks
  • Memorial Bridge project announced to be under budget and ahead of schedule  

Public Lands are Once Again for Public Use under President Trump

  • President Trump restored traditional multiple-use public access to 2 million acres of land in Utah
  • Created 5 distinct monument units at Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments
  • The Department also opened up the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge for emergency cattle grazing after a wildfire, and reopened U.S. Virgin Islands National Park ahead of the busy Christmas tourism season, helping the Islands' economic recovery 
  • Restored Traditional Multiple-Use to Over 2 Million Acres of Public Land in Utah

"I'm thrilled and grateful to President Trump and Secretary Zinke for giving Utahns a voice in the protection of Utah lands." 

—Utah Senator Orrin Hatch

  • Approved a lifesaving road for the residents of King Cove, Alaska

"And the scribble at the top says, 'Lisa, we will get it done. Best, Donald Trump.' So, Mr. President, thank you for helping us get it done." 

—Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski

  • Opened or expanded hunting and fishing access proposed at 40 national wildlife refuges.
  • 19 new national recreation trails in 17 states

“We’re going to conserve our beautiful natural habitats.”

—Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump

President Trump is Achieving American Energy Dominance

“American energy dominance will be declared a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States. It’s about time.”

— Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump

  • A new all-time record for American oil production projected at 10.7 million barrels per day in 2018
  • Net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years
  • 1002 area of Alaska's North Slope opened for energy development
  • Obama-era coal moratorium reversed

“We’ll get the bureaucracy out of the way of innovation, so that we can pursue all forms of energy. This includes renewable energies and the technologies of the future. It does include nuclear, and wind, and solar, but not to the exclusion of other forms of energy.”

— Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump 

With President Trump in the White House, Tribal Sovereignty Has Meaning

  • First-ever Presidential Emergency Declaration for a tribal nation: the Seminole Tribe of Florida after Hurricane Irma
  • Pechanga Water Rights Settlement formally executed

"I would like to thank President Donald Trump for his commitment to deploy all necessary resources to assist the Seminole Tribe of Florida during this difficult time."

- Seminole Chairman Marcellus Osceola in response to the President's Emergency Declaration for the Tribe after Hurrican Irma.

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