Press Release

Coal Leasing Moratorium is Good for Taxpayers and Climate

Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387,; or Elizabeth Heyd, 202-289-2424,

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2016) –The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on the Obama Administration's moratorium on issuing new leases for coal extraction on federal lands:

“The president is right to stop this handout to big coal companies, which has cost American taxpayers more than $30 billion over the past three decades. Aligning the use of America's public lands with our obligation to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change -- that's what leadership is all about, at home and abroad, as we transition away from dirty fossil fuels of the past to a clean energy 21st century."

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