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The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Appoint a Price-Setting Commission; Ban Exports; Cancel Some Leases; Eliminate Self-Bonding; Mandate Set-Asides for Mine Clean-up and Miner Pensions; Require Twice-a-Year Audits; Assume Smaller Markets

It’s time for the U.S. to modernize how it manages its publicly owned coal reserves. That’s the essence of comments we’ve filed today with the Department of the Interior as it begins a review of its federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin, a program that has been mismanaged for years at taxpayer expense […]

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U.S. Policy Reversal Brings Back Federal Coal Leases Nobody Wants

Bloomberg News: President Donald Trump is expected to lift a moratorium on federal coal-mining leases Tuesday — and it probably won’t do the industry much good until years after he’s left office. That’s because U.S. coal companies including Peabody Energy Corp. won’t be looking to secure new reserves of the fossil fuel on federal land […]

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Op-Ed: Taxpayers Gain if Federal Coal-Lease Reforms Stand

Meredith Fowlie for The Conversation: The federal coal program is supposed to manage vast federally owned coal reserves, which account for more than 40 percent of U.S. coal production, “for the benefit of current and future generations.” But the program has, for a long time, been criticized for selling taxpayers short. For this and other […]

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On the Blogs: Taxpayers Win in Federal Moratorium on Coal

Jayni Hein for The Hill: In the waning days of the presidential transition, the Department of the Interior is continuing efforts to modernize federal fossil fuel leasing to meet 21st-century needs. The recent release of the federal coal programmatic review scoping report is the latest step by the agency to fulfill its legal mandate to […]

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Utah County Lawsuit to Overturn Federal Coal-Lease Moratorium Faces Market Challenges

From the Associated Press: Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, attorney […]

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Blocking U.S. Move Toward Coal-Lease Reform Would Only Hurt the Oversupplied Coal Industry

Josh Learn for SNL Beta: As the results of the federal election settle in across the country, coal advocates see a possible end in sight for the federal coal lease moratorium under President-elect Donald Trump. However, some coal opponents say that halting the moratorium will actually “hasten the decline” of the industry in the U.S. […]

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$900 Billion Norway Fund Drops Duke Energy, Citing Coal Risks

Gwladys Fouche for Reuters: Norway’s $900-billion wealth fund can no longer invest in Duke Energy, the biggest U.S. power firm by generation capacity, due to alleged breaches of environmental law at its coal-fired plants, Norway’s central bank said on Wednesday. The fund, which owns 1.3 percent of the world’s listed company equity with stakes in […]

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On the Blogs: ‘Update on Federal Coal Program Long Overdue’

Ryan Alexander and Rick Hegdahl for Morning Consult: Over the past several weeks, the Department of the Interior held public hearings across the country to receive comments from the public about its recently announced comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program. While the review is underway, no new leases will be issued on federal […]

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On the Blogs: Scientists Endorse Reform of U.S. Coal-Leasing Program

Samantha Page for ThinkProgress.org: Enough, already. That’s what 67 prominent scientists are telling Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, whose department is conducting a review of the U.S. program to lease federal lands for coal mining. “The science is clear: to satisfy our commitment under the Paris Agreement to hold global temperature increase well below […]

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Interior Department Receives 250,000 Signatures in Favor of Coal-Lease Reform

Devin Henry for The Hill: More than 250,000 people have called for a reform of the federal coal leasing program, activists say. The comment period on an Interior Department assessment of coal leasing rates on federal lands closes this week. Supporters of reforming the program say they’ve made the case for overhauling it for the […]

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On the Blogs: ‘Existential Threat’ to U.S. Coal in Potential Permanent Moratorium on Federal Leases

From Finance.Yahoo.com via OilPrice.com: Even as coal miners struggle with an epic decline in their business, including headwinds on regulatory, legal, and economic fronts, the industry faces another test that is just over the horizon – one which could prove an existential threat to the long-term business model. That test is the ability of the […]

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