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Public lands and waters are taxpayer assets that Congress should manage to preserve their value, ensure a fair return from private interests using them for profit, and avoid future taxpayer liabilities. Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws. ...More

The General Mining Law of 1872 was partly intended to promote settlement of the West, but modern mining companies use it to extract valuable gold and copper from public lands without paying taxpayers a royalty. Taxpayers subsidize construction of forest roads intended primarily for profitable timber companies. Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.

Congress and the Administration should establish rents, royalties, and fees for private development of public land so taxpayers receive a fair return.

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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

Press Releases

Coalition Launches New Website & Database of Cuts

January 10, 2017

Coalition Launches New Website & Database of Cuts For immediate release: Jan. 10, 2016 www.GreenScissors.com Strange bedfellows launch new database targeting over $250 billion in polluter... 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

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

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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 gas... Read More

Fact Sheets

Correcting the Record: Federal Efforts to Curb Natural Gas Waste

July 15, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management recently proposed new rules to limit the practice of venting and flaring natural gas from oil and gas wells on... 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

Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

4 Big Questions for Interior-Nominee Ryan Zinke

January 17, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

At my organization, we are watching all of the confirmation hearings for new cabinet members with both interest and an eye on the fiscal... 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

Does the Oil-and-Gas Industry Still Need Tax Breaks?

November 14, 2016 | Wall Street Journal

Those in favor say the incentives have benefited a sector critical to the U.S. economy; those opposed say that by playing favorites, the... 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

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

Burning Money Report

DOI Federal Coal Program

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Weekly Wastebasket

Why Ethics Matter

January 19, 2017

Weekly Wastebasket

Out of the Box Thinking

January 13, 2017