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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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

Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program

July 29, 2015

Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander spoke today at the first in a series of listening sessions being held by the Bureau of... Read More

Statements

TCS statement on public listening sessions on Federal Coal Program

July 09, 2015

TCS statement on public listening sessions on Federal Coal Program TCS President Ryan Alexander's statement on the Interior Department's announcement... Read More

Our Take

GAO Report: Inadequate Bonding Requirements for Wind and Solar Projects

July 02, 2015

GAO Report: Inadequate Bonding Requirements for Wind and Solar Projects Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s bonding requirements for... Read More

Event Summary

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program

June 23, 2015

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program TCS recently co-hosted a briefing with National Taxpayers Union and National Audubon Society on money-losing timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.... Read More

Statements

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions

June 11, 2015

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions It’s time we moved on from the mistakes of SARRA, and ensure taxpayers receive a fair return for minerals extracted on federal lands.... Read More

Our Take

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program

June 03, 2015

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program On May 29th the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its proposed Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field office, which includes... Read More

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Reports & Data

Federal Coal Program Resource Page

July 28, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on the federal coal program.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry - June 2015

June 01, 2015

Profits and political spending of the oil and gas industry remained strong in 2014. According to the financial statements of some of the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate Royalties

May 08, 2015

Click [HERE] to view this fact sheet in PDF form.   Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate... Read More

Fact Sheets

Money-Losing Timber Sales: Tongass National Forest

March 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (“USFS”) manages 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands collectively known as... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

We taxpayers deserve a fair return on our assets

July 29, 2015 | The Hill

Almost every policy discussion in Washington is framed by the fiscal challenges we face as a country, challenges that stem from a long... Read More

Jewell vows more competition, transparency in leasing

July 29, 2015 | Environment & Energy Publishing

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell promised she'd take a "hard look" today at the program for leasing coal reserves to mining companies. In the... Read More

Dig Up a Better Deal for Taxpayers

July 23, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. needs to develop a coal leasing program that actually works for the public.... Read More

Coal royalty program needs an update

July 10, 2015 | Missoulian

Coal in Montana is an asset. The Powder River Basin is estimated to contain about one-third of all U.S. coal reserves, 80 percent of which is... Read More

Natural gas escaping into thin air

July 03, 2015 | Casper Star-Tribune

Oil and gas has long been an integral part of the nation’s economy, and in recent years advancements in drilling technology have enabled... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 19, 2015

Cutting Losses in the Tongass National Forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres of public forests and... Read More

DOI Federal Coal Program

20th Anniversary Celebration