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Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

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

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

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

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

October 13, 2015 | Energy , Natural Resources

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) is in the process of establishing new standards to limit... Read More

Better Targeting Conservation Spending: The 2014 Farm Bill

September 30, 2015 | Agriculture

Taxpayer dollars must be managed in a manner that produces measurable outcomes and the best return on investment. The United States... Read More

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015 | Agriculture , Energy

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

Recommendations for an Alternative, Accountable Farm Safety Net

August 07, 2015 | Agriculture

August 2015 The current farm safety net is a complex web of overlapping and expensive subsidies that rewards special interests and large... Read More

Shallow Loss Agriculture Programs 101

August 06, 2015 | Agriculture

What are “shallow loss” agriculture programs?... Read More

Federal Coal Program Resource Page

July 28, 2015 | Natural Resources

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

Agricultural Conservation: A Farmer’s Risk Management Tool

July 28, 2015 | Agriculture

Agricultural producers mitigate risks of doing business in various ways by utilizing private sector risk management options and enrolling... Read More

Golden Fleece: Blinders for Blender Pumps

July 21, 2015 | Agriculture , Energy

With his creation of a new program to spend $100 million to pay for new gas station pumps that can handle high-blend ethanol fuels,... Read More

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November 25, 2015

10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week. At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we thought we’d do what so many Americans do at this time... Read More

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