Ensure Fair Returns

The federal government must ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any use of publicly-owned assets. For example, taxpayers own vast amounts of land rich in natural resources, such as coal, oil, and even exposure to solar radiation. The government should not give these public resources away. ...More

The failure to capture fair market value for public assets is a waste of federal resources. Congress and the administration should establish rents, royalties, and fees to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any private development of public land. Competitive bidding, prompt development requirements, and robust verification procedures can also help establish fair returns to the public.

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Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges House Committee to Oppose Soda Ash Giveaway

June 27, 2017

TCS Urges House Committee to Oppose Soda Ash Giveaway On Tuesday, TCS sent the following letter to the House Natural Resources Committee, urging Members to avoid repeating past mistakes and to oppose a royalty reduction for Soda Ash.... Read More

Our Take

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition

June 23, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest

January 12, 2017

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest TCS sent a letter to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee in advance of their confirmation hearing next week... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program

January 11, 2017

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program Today, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the latest results of their multi-year review of the... Read More

Statements

Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule

November 15, 2016

Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) has updated rules in order to reduce the... Read More

Press Releases

Taxpayers Need Competitive Leasing for Wind and Solar Development on Federal Lands

November 10, 2016

Taxpayers Need Competitive Leasing for Wind and Solar Development on Federal Lands On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense issued the following news release:   Contact:  Michael... Read More

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Fact Sheets

How the New Methane Rule Benefits Taxpayers

January 06, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers mineral leasing on 245 million acres of public lands, including onshore federal oil and... Read More

Reports & Data

Crop Insurance and Private Sector Delivery

December 14, 2016

Private-public risk sharing has been an important and unique feature of the federal crop insurance program since 1981. Under the Federal... Read More

Policy Briefs

Wind and Solar Leasing Rule

October 01, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to release its Wind and Solar Leasing Rule in the next few weeks.[1] The rule would create a... Read More

Reports & Data

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing from Wasted Gas

August 10, 2016

Oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands are losing a significant amount of natural gas. In their drilling operations, they are... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

Viewpoint: Think Twice before Repealing Federal Methane Gas Rule

February 17, 2017 | Denver Business Journal

In its rush to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, Congress may soon overturn a rule to prevent leaks and collect royalties... Read More

Waste Not

November 23, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress must tighten waste standards for gas and oil companies and save taxpayers millions. For decades, oil and gas operators have leaked... Read More

BLM Rules for Gas Waste on Public Lands Meet Opposition

November 17, 2016 | Public News Service

DENVER – As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration's final days, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has finalized rules to reduce... Read More

Obama administration targets wasted revenue in new oil and gas rule

November 16, 2016 | ThinkProgress

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized a rule to reduce the massive amount of leaking methane from oil and gas operations on public... Read More

Editorial: Expediting the process

October 29, 2016 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Obama administration has been an ardent supporter of green energy, but it can nevertheless still take years for federal bureaucrats to... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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December 02, 2016

Wasted Gas Giveaway

Part of President-elect Trump’s pitch was that he could run government more efficiently, with less waste by... Read More

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