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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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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DOI Royalty Policy Committee Does Not Include Any Taxpayer Advocates

September 01, 2017

DOI Royalty Policy Committee Does Not Include Any Taxpayer Advocates Washington, DC — Today Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the appointees to the newly reformed Royalty Policy Committee.... Read More

TCS and Broad Coalition to Senate: Oppose Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act

July 21, 2017

TCS and Broad Coalition to Senate: Oppose Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act TCS sent the following letter to the U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in opposition to the Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act, S. 517.... Read More

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

July 06, 2017

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet   Established by an Executive Order in 1999, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (BPAB) is intended to pay advanced biofuels... Read More

Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 30, 2017

Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to... Read More

Our Take

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition

June 23, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and... Read More

Our Take

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget

June 20, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recently testified before the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Locked into Outdated, Ineffective Methane Rule: Taxpayers Will Lose

June 16, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed the date of when certain sections of its Methane Waste Rule will take effect, citing... Read More

Fact Sheets

Rural Energy for America Program

June 15, 2017

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Policy Briefs

Brief: Federal Coal Program Review

January 17, 2017

In January 2016, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

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... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

Big Ethanol is fooling no one in E15 and RFS fights

July 06, 2017 | Washington Examiner

Opportunistic messaging is as common in Washington as Metro delays. But when an industry group selectively employs the same free market... Read More

Congress is Coming Together – to Waste Taxpayer Money on Soda Ash Industry Subsidies

June 29, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Not the bipartisanship we need.... Read More

Heitkamp: Why I Voted to Help Stop Wasting North Dakota’s Energy Resources

May 17, 2017 | Williston Herald

When North Dakota is blessed with natural resources like oil, gas, coal and wind, the last thing we want to do is waste them. That’s why I... Read More

Interior Department Vows to Amend Methane Rule After Setback

May 14, 2017 | Salon

The Department of Interior plans to try to roll back rules limiting methane pollution and waste from fossil fuel drilling on federal lands,... Read More

Environmentalists Celebrate Surprise Victory as Senate Upholds Obama-era Methane Rule

May 12, 2017 | Registrar Journal

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Republican senators were caught off-guard by the final vote. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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June 30, 2017

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ

  It’s officially summer! School’s out, the Fourth of July is upon us, and folks are firing up the backyard... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

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