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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements

May 24, 2016

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements Today, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis, is at the House Committee on Natural Resources testifying on a deal... Read More

Statements

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review

May 19, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, UT on... Read More

Statements

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review

May 17, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Casper, WY on ways it can... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal

May 16, 2016

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal TCS hosted a briefing on the reforms necessary to fix the federal coal program.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Groups Urge Lawmakers to Kill the Resurrected Coal to Kaiserslautern Provision

May 11, 2016

Fiscal Groups Urge Lawmakers to Kill the Resurrected Coal to Kaiserslautern Provision On Wednesday, a group of fiscal watchdog organizations led by Taxpayers for Common Sense sent a letter to the House Defense... Read More

Coming Up

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal

May 04, 2016

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal On Wednesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense invited Members of Congress to attend an upcoming briefing on the federal coal program. Details on... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015

For centuries, coal producers in the U.S. regularly abandoned their mines when on-site operations ended, leaving tens of thousands of... Read More

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Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

October 13, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages about 245 million acres of public lands, located... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

Coal Industry Fuming over Obama’s Proposed Cleanup Rules

May 24, 2016 | Washington Examiner

The Obama administration is weighing new rules to stop bankrupt coal companies from passing on the cost of mine cleanups onto consumers. Even... Read More

Miners Fear Federal Coal Reforms Jeopardize Rural Utah

May 20, 2016 | The Salt Lake Tribune

The nation's emotion-fueled debate over coal mining's future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a... Read More

Federal Coal Program Must Ensure Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 20, 2016 | The Hill

Over the past several years, Americans have become acutely aware that our coal industry is changing rapidly – largely as a result of shifting... Read More

American Taxpayers Deserve Fair Return from Federal Coal

May 20, 2016 | WyoFile

Citizens of Wyoming are acutely aware of what is happening in the coal industry today, and there is understandably concern and alarm at the... Read More

Shining a Light on the Cost of Coal

May 19, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

  Photo credit: slashvee via flickr I'm writing this week from Casper, Wyoming, where I spent the day at a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 29, 2016

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal

Lawmakers are trying to resuscitate the failed idea of “clean coal” with more subsidies for “carbon capture... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

Burning Money Report

DOI Federal Coal Program

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary