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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 […]

Memo- Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program

Memo- Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program

Policy memo: Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program June 28, 2013 (pdf)

July 1, 2013 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Almost $30 Billion in Revenues Lost to Taxpayers by ‘Great Giveaway’ of Federally Owned Coal in Powder River Basin

IEEFA Report: Almost $30 Billion in Revenues Lost to Taxpayers by ‘Great Giveaway’ of Federally Owned Coal in Powder River Basin

Almost $30 billion in revenues lost to taxpayers by “giveaway” of federally owned coal in Powder River Basin (pdf) With almost no accountability, BLM failure created boom in electric power industry use of artificially cheap coal from Montana and Wyoming; Next major coal sale set for Thursday   WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 25, 2012 – […]

June 25, 2012 Read More →

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Coal-Lease Reform: ‘Obama Is Doing for the Coal Industry What It Cannot Do for Itself’

A National Resource of Strategic Importance That Should Be Treated As Such

CLEVELAND, Jan. 15, 2016 (IEEFA) — New Obama administration policies announced today that implement a comprehensive review of the federal coal lease program and a moratorium on federal coal leases are “welcome, long overdue and in the best interest of taxpayers,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “President […]

January 14, 2016 Read More →

Shenhua’s Bombshell Numbers Show China’s Coal Appetite Has Peaked

When the largest coal producer in China puts out the kind of numbers China Shenhua Energy Co. just reported, it’s an unmistakable signal that the most populous country on the planet is continuing to step back from coal. In announcing its 2014 results and its 2015 business targets, Shenhua dropped some bombshells: It sees a […]

March 23, 2015 Read More →

12 Companies in Bidding for Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The U.S. Interior Department this week put 742 acres of water off the Massachusetts shore up for bid to wind-turbine generation companies. A Jan. 29 lease sale will award the most competitive bids submitted by 12 companies. The area could support production of 4 to 5 gigawatts of commercial wind generation, “enough electricity to power […]

January 29, 2015 Read More →

Powder River Basin Coal Producer Campaigns to Save Royalty Loophole

One of the main producers of Powder River Basin coal has begun a campaign to thwart the proposed closing of a loophole that lets mining companies avoid paying a standard royalty on federally owned coal. SNL Energy has the details this morning in an article by Darren Epps that quotes an email from Rick Curtsinger, […]

January 6, 2015 Read More →

5 Reasons Coal Companies Should Pay Export Royalties Now

By Tom Sanzillo —  The U.S. coal industry is going through a period of shrinkage that even some of its most stalwart leaders acknowledge. Yet the National Mining Association in a presentation in November to the Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue seemed in deep denial about this reality.  The industry has lost […]

December 16, 2014 Read More →
The Green Pope; 27-Percent-Renewable China; Bureau of Land Management Mea Culpa

The Green Pope; 27-Percent-Renewable China; Bureau of Land Management Mea Culpa

POPE FRANCIS IS EXTOLLING THE VIRTUE OF GREEN-ENERGY JOBS, arguing for them not just for moral reasons but for economic ones as well. In a speech in Germany this week, the pope said Europe provided a good example of an economy that could be lifted out of its doldrum by greater investment in alternative energy. […]

November 26, 2014 Read More →
BLM schedules two major coal leases, undermining President Obama’s climate action plan

BLM schedules two major coal leases, undermining President Obama’s climate action plan

Click here or the photo to be redirected to the video. “Next week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to sell 148 million tons of publicly owned coal, making clear that BLM continues to ignore concerns about the carbon pollution from coal mining, burning and export proposals. In addition to this lease sale, known […]

August 15, 2013 Read More →
Memo- Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program

Memo- Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program

Policy memo: Response to the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Audit on Federal Coal Leasing Program June 28, 2013 (pdf)

July 1, 2013 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Almost $30 Billion in Revenues Lost to Taxpayers by ‘Great Giveaway’ of Federally Owned Coal in Powder River Basin

IEEFA Report: Almost $30 Billion in Revenues Lost to Taxpayers by ‘Great Giveaway’ of Federally Owned Coal in Powder River Basin

Almost $30 billion in revenues lost to taxpayers by “giveaway” of federally owned coal in Powder River Basin (pdf) With almost no accountability, BLM failure created boom in electric power industry use of artificially cheap coal from Montana and Wyoming; Next major coal sale set for Thursday   WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 25, 2012 – […]

June 25, 2012 Read More →