CMA Praises Cory Gardner and Western Senators – Lift the Moratorium on Coal Leasing!

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Senator Cory Gardner and 8 Senators Tell Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Lift the Moratorium on Coal Leasing


On July 14, nine western senators called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to lift the moratorium on federal coal leasing for the remainder of the Obama Administration’s term in office.The senators, including Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, sharply criticized Interior’s reliance on a report published by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, basically calling it an effort to cook the books and turn the Bureau of Land Management’s current flawed review of the coal program into “a pre-baked cake.”

“The Council of Economic Advisers’ report has effectively turned BLM’s review of the federal coal program into a pre-baked cake. The Council is an arm of the Executive Office of the President. Its Chairman serves as the President’s chief economist, is a Member of the Cabinet, and plays a lead role in setting administration policy. Its report shows that the White House has already decided that the federal coal program does not provide a fair return to the public or adequately account for externalities and to increase coal royalty payments. To ensure the PEIS does not justify decisions already made, we ask that you immediately suspend development of the PEIS and the leasing moratorium for the remainder of the administration. A failure to do so will only make the PEIS and decisions purportedly based on it vulnerable to legal challenges.”

Read Letter to Secretary Jewell

CMA thanks Senator Gardner and the others who joined the letter for standing up for rural communities, affordable energy and for funding public schools.