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Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Climate Change Complicates Oil Leasing on Public Lands

Take a drive through the vast landscapes of the West anywhere between the Great Plains and the Pacific Ocean and much of the land you see, whether it’s the Grand Canyon or a Wyoming oil field, will be owned by the public and managed by the federal government.

Many of the 582 million acres governed by four federal agencies in 11 western states and Alaska are as rich in fossil fuels and renewable energy as they are biologically diverse and scenic, and that presents a challenge to the Obama administration as the planet warms.

Read the full Climate Central story here or in Scientific American here