The guidelines governing coal mining on public lands haven’t been reviewed in over a generation, and coal executives are taking advantage of our outdated federal rules.
Coal companies are gaming the system to mine taxpayer-owned coal at cut-rate prices, leaving the rest of us to make up for lost royalties. Coal executives are taking multi-million dollar compensation packages and hardworking Americans are shouldering their tax burden—just as coal companies enter bankruptcy and coal miners are laid off.
Meanwhile, western communities face the fallout: destroyed landscapes, air and water pollution, climate pollution, and over $28 billion in lost revenues that should have paid for schools and roads.
Western economies and energy development have entered the 21st century. But after 30 years without a review, our federal coal program can’t keep up.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a unique opportunity to act right now. It is time to modernize this outdated program.
Tell the BLM to put westerners first.
Our broken, generation-old guidelines have been putting coal executives ahead of westerners long enough. We need 21st century standards that reduce pollution, deliver a fair return to taxpayers and local governments, restore competition, and ensure mine cleanup that safeguards local communities. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to reform the federal coal leasing process.
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