The dangerous disconnect between the Obama administration's climate rhetoric and its actions on fossil fuel leasing just got worse.
If the U.S. Forest Service has its way, it'll OK a loophole within the Colorado Roadless Rule and open 19,000 acres of backcountry to coal mining. The result? 130 million tons of new carbon pollution.
Arch Coal, the nation's second-largest coal company, is the beneficiary of the plan. It would get to build 65 miles of roads in otherwise-protected forest in western Colorado. The losers in the plan are goshawks, elk, beaver and other wildlife whose habitat would be destroyed. And then us, of course -- some of our last, best public lands would suffer from the mining and eventual burning of this dirty fossil fuel.
December 16, 2015 Action Alert ID# 311
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