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Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines

August 09, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in a new policy advisory to states on surface coal mining, says that coal... Read More

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed... Read More

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding

May 02, 2016 | Energy

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding On Friday, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy (DOE) released an unusually urgent report underscoring a number of... Read More

New GAO Report on Tongass Timber Management

April 28, 2016 | Natural Resources

New GAO Report on Tongass Timber Management The USFS reports that its Tongass timber program cost taxpayers $11.4 million/year from 2005 and 2014 – a total of $114 million.... Read More

Congress Should Stop Blocking Base Closure

April 15, 2016 | National Security

Congress Should Stop Blocking Base Closure On April 12th, the Pentagon transmitted a report to the Congress that lays out its excess “infrastructure capacity” – in other words, how... Read More

Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Could Leave Clean-Up Costs to Taxpayers

April 14, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Could Leave Clean-Up Costs to Taxpayers The largest U.S. coal company declared bankruptcy Wednesday, potentially leaving $1.4 billion in clean-up costs to taxpayers.... Read More

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program

April 05, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program Last week the Department of Interior (DOI) released a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of... Read More

Forest Service Budget Proposal Under Fire from Lawmakers

March 24, 2016 | Natural Resources

Forest Service Budget Proposal Under Fire from Lawmakers Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell discussed the FS budget proposal and how it could affect taxpayers with lawmakers at hearings over the last few weeks.... Read More

Lawmakers Question Interior’s FY17 Budget

March 23, 2016 | Budget & Tax , Energy , Natural Resources

Lawmakers Question Interior’s FY17 Budget Interior Secretary Jewell recently testified at hearings on the Dept. of Interior's FY17 budget request.... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

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August 26, 2016

Costly Decade to Come

“In fiscal year 2016, the federal budget deficit will increase in relation to economic output for the first time... Read More

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U.S. Coal to Germany

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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