Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced it would halt new leases for coal mining on public lands as it undertakes a thorough review of its current federal leasing program.
Now we have an opportunity to weigh in on the matter and let the federal government know that we must keep coal in the ground!
Coal is a dirty fuel. Coal mining sickens workers, buries creeks, strip-mines wildlife habitat and agricultural land, and blows the tops off mountains. Burning coal makes our air unsafe to breathe, poisons our waterways, and is one of the largest sources of the pollution that causes climate change.
Our taxpayer-owned public lands are the source of 40 percent of all coal mined in the United States, often leased to mining companies at bargain-basement prices.
It’s time to stop the federal giveaway of dirty coal!
To clear the way for clean energy, Earthjustice goes after coal at every stage of its life cycle. Now we have an unprecedented opportunity to push this country toward a clean energy future and away from dirty fuels.
Taxpayer-owned land should be used to benefit the public. But for too long, communities have shouldered the harms from coal mining on public lands while industry has reaped the profits. It’s clear the federal coal leasing program is incompatible with our nation’s commitments to address climate disruption and improve the health of our air and water—and now we have an opportunity to change that.
The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments now on its proposed study of the impacts of coal mining on our public lands. Tell the agency it’s time to keep coal in the ground and make sure that uses of our public lands reflect what’s best for our climate and communities.
July 13, 2016 Action Alert ID# 398
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