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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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

Our Take

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and POGO on Transparency in Department of Interior

August 31, 2016

TCS and POGO on Transparency in Department of Interior Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Project on Government Oversight sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior urging them to include... Read More

Press Releases

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas

August 11, 2016

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas WASHINGTON, DC —Federal taxpayers lost nearly $600 million in royalty revenues during a 10-year period ending in 2015 because of royalty... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Comments on federal coal review

July 28, 2016

Comments on federal coal review Comments for the scoping period of the federal coal Programmatic EIS... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Benefits of Measuring Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

August 03, 2016

Federal taxpayers have an interest in the conservation of agricultural resources because of agriculture’s potential to both impose significant... Read More

Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Time for a Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 13, 2016

In January, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

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

Taxpayers Deserve a Clean Energy Cut

September 14, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

The public should benefit from the sale of renewable energy on public lands. Soon, if all goes as planned, taxpayers may start getting a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

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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