To ease climate change, U.S. should end drilling on federal land: study

August 20, 2015 6:46 AM

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TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 450 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases would be kept out of the atmosphere if the U.S. government stopped leasing federal lands to fossil fuel companies, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The government currently allows energy companies to lease federal lands for drilling, and environmental groups say if the practice is not halted, the United States will be unable to meet its obligations to combat climate change.

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