by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow
As appearing in the Daily Sentinel

Sometimes a story gets interrupted, and conversation veers temporarily in a different direction. When that ends, the original storyteller might resume with, “Let’s see now, where was I? Oh, yes…”

That’s where we are now in the discussion of natural resources, public lands, energy, and the environment. One side views the entire Trump presidency as a brief interruption, after which important policies can resume.

As is common in presidential transitions, lots of groups are publishing recommendations, or “blueprints” for new policy initiatives. There is one for almost every set of issues. One that attracted attention was published a few days before the election by Harvard Law School’s environmental program, and titled “Managing Public Lands Under the Trump Administration and Beyond.” It proposes changes at the Interior Department, offering “a suggested path forward for a Biden administration.”