U.S Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took to the radio airwaves to talk up the Trump administration's new pro-coal policies for public lands. He even took a cheap shot at clean energy—which employs far more Americans than coal—by saying, “We can’t power the country on pixie dust and hope.” But while Zinke's talk is cheap, his actions cost a lot. That's because he revoked the Obama-era moratorium on the Interior Department's flawed coal-leasing program, which has shortchanged taxpayers by more than $30 billion. Lifting the ban—which was instituted in 2015 so that the entire coal-leasing program on federal lands could be reviewed and improved—means Americans are once again going to be footing the bill while the coal industry essentially dictates our public lands policy.
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Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department says he opposes giving away America’s wilderness. But he voted to make doing so much, much easier.
Expert BlogTheo Spencer
President Trump acted today to derail the effort to overhaul a broken federal coal leasing program that’s short-changed taxpayers more than $30 billion. He did so by issuing an Executive Order that would lift the moratorium on new leasing enacted…
President Trump reportedly will sign an executive order Tuesday directing his administration to rewrite the Clean Power Plan; roll back carbon standards for new power plants; stop the current court cases; throw out the government’s method for counting the benefits…
Expert BlogRhea Suh
The president wants to undo the biggest step we’ve taken in the fight against climate change—and we’re not about to let him get away with it.