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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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

Cut Back Needless Fossil Subsidies in Energy and Water Bill

July 10, 2014

Cut Back Needless Fossil Subsidies in Energy and Water Bill The Green Scissors coalition urges support for the amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier to reduce the Fossil R&D account to FY 2014 levels.... Read More

Our Take

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

Press Releases

New report details effective tax rates and various tax breaks used by the Oil & Gas industry

April 10, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense's new report, “Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies,” offers a detailed review of the suite of tax subsidies the oil and gas industry receives. ... Read More

Our Take

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

Our Take

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget

March 04, 2014

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget TCS staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Testimony of Steve Ellis Subcommittee on Water and Power Committee on Natural Resources

February 05, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense   Subcommittee on Water and Power, Committee on Natural... Read More

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A Century of Subsidies for the Oil & Gas Industry

April 18, 2014

The oil and gas industry has been getting subsidies for almost a century. We can't afford special treatment for profitable companies. The time has come to end taxpayer subsidies for the industry.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry Lobby

April 10, 2014

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry Lobby The federal government has been subsidizing the oil and gas industry through the tax code for nearly 100 years, wasting billions of... Read More

Reports & Data

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction

December 12, 2013

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction Relieving Budget Caps with Common Sense Savings in Fiscal Year 2014... Read More

Policy Briefs

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013

October 01, 2013

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013 The Senate's Environment and Public Works committee is taking up a water project bill that could cost taxpayers billions.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

DID ARKANSAS REP. TOM COTTON VOTE AGAINST DISASTER RELIEF FIVE TIMES?

July 03, 2014 | Politifact Tampa Bay Times

Democrats are attacking Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., for his voting record on an important Tornado Alley issue. A television ad produced by... Read More

Take Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

June 13, 2014 | US News & World Report

Several recent press reports have highlighted the all but certain increased costs of more frequent flooding in coastal areas as sea levels... Read More

Garcetti Lobbies U.S. for More Expensive L.A. River Project

May 28, 2014 | Los Angeles Times

 On a recent trip to the nation's capital, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made sure to call on Jo-Ellen Darcy. As assistant Army... 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

TCS’s VP Steve Ellis on federal grazing fees on All in with Chris Hayes

April 28, 2014 | MSNBC

CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: Good evening from New York. I`m Chris Hayes. For conservatives, the Cliven Bundy hangover has officially begun.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 18, 2014

Western Welfare Queens

Americans often look at the men and women who earn their living off the land in the west as rugged... Read More