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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Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

Our Take

New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued

August 28, 2014

New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued On July 3, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new, expanded $4 billion solicitation for both renewable energy and energy efficient... Read More

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GAO: Previous DOE Uranium Transfers Benefitting USEC May Have Been Illegal

June 16, 2014

GAO: Previous DOE Uranium Transfers Benefitting USEC May Have Been Illegal The Department of Energy (DOE) may have acted illegally in conducting uranium transfers that benefitted the troubled United States... Read More

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Government Report: BLM’s Management of Oil and Gas Resources Needs Improvement

May 19, 2014

Government Report: BLM’s Management of Oil and Gas Resources Needs Improvement The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fails in its responsibility to effectively manage the nation’s oil... Read More

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BLM Approves Oil Shale Development Plans, Decades of Industry Failure Ignored

March 11, 2014

BLM Approves Oil Shale Development Plans, Decades of Industry Failure Ignored In March, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved oil shale development plans submitted by ExxonMobil and Natural Soda Holdings, Inc.... Read More

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Historically Low Bid Denied by BLM for Powder River Basin Coal Lease

September 19, 2013

Historically Low Bid Denied by BLM for Powder River Basin Coal Lease The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency within the Department of Interior responsible for the federal coal leasing program, has... Read More

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Reports & Data

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... Read More

Fact Sheets

Cost Savings Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Now more than ever, government spending should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and targeted toward the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Improving Performance Measurement in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Our nation’s current fiscal situation is causing every federal program to come under public scrutiny. Agricultural conservation programs – including both working lands and land set aside programs - are no different. ... Read More

Reports & Data

Federal Coal Leasing: Fair Market Value and a Fair Return for the American Taxpayer

September 18, 2013

The predominant leasing process currently used by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency within the Department of the Interior that manages the federal coal leasing program, does not obtain fair market value for taxpayers.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

Feds, Navajo Nation Settle $554M Case over Natural Resources Management

October 06, 2014 | SNL Energy

Ending nearly eight years of legal challenges, the U.S. government announced a settlement with the Navajo Nation over allegations that... Read More

Blowing Money on the Border

June 18, 2014 | US News & World Report

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2015 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Overall,... Read More

Op-Ed: A Gust of Nuclear-Powered Hot Air

May 30, 2014 | Other Words published in Devils Lake Journal (North Dakota), Bristol Press (Connecticut)

Have you heard how nuclear power is a low-carbon solution that could ratchet down climate change? Even former Environmental Protection... Read More

Bundy’s example: Proposals and strategies sprout in wake of standoff

April 29, 2014 | Reno News & Review

ven if Cliven Bundy ends up losing what he calls his “range war,” he can take some satisfaction in knowing he is influencing... Read More

Arch Coal writes off coal-to-liquids project

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 17, 2014

Making Hay Out of Dams

California may be dubbed the “Golden State” but when you look at the drought monitor map, it’s more like the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014

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Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014