Published on Aug 2, 2014
The US Bureau of Land Management has a program in which it leases coal-rich land to mining companies out west and grants them the right to mine there. The problem is, this coal-leasing program isn’t accounted for in President Obama’s climate plan, even though experts estimate his administration has leased about 2.2 billion tons of coal. This program adds tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Moreover, the US gets well below market value for the coal since there is often only one bidder per project, allowing mining companies to big on the leases at very low costs.