An astonishing 40 percent of all coal produced in the United States comes from public, taxpayer-owned land. The government recently put a hold on new federal coal leases to study the impact that coal mined on public lands has on our climate.  This means we have an unprecedented opportunity to push this country towards a clean energy future and away from dirty fuels.

For decades, the federal government has been leasing taxpayer-owned public lands to fossil fuel companies at bargain-basement rates. Taxpayer-owned land should be used to benefit the public, but the coal it generates puts billions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere, slows the growth of clean energy, and affects the health of communities near coal mines and power plants and everywhere in between. It’s clear the federal coal leasing program is out of date and out of step with our nation’s commitment to stop climate disruption.

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