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Publicly owned coal accounts for about 40% of coal mined each year in the United States.
Yet, for decades, the Department of Interior has chronically undervalued our public coal, which has resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue to state and federal governments. Federal coal management of this taxpayer-owned resource is woefully out of date.
Tell Secretary Sally Jewell to close loopholes, increase royalties, and do a better job of setting fair market value and minimum bids for federal coal.
WORC has created a form to easily weigh in on this issue.... read more
Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as they are often directly linked to natural resources for their economic, social and environmental well-being. Rural communities are also essential to developing solutions to climate change, including energy, food and fiber production. Rural America’s unique vulnerability to climate change paired with the potential role it could play in addressing climate change makes it clear that climate policy should be deeply inclusive of rural concerns. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. This problem needs to be addressed – and that’s why a group of rural residents and... read more
The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. This is a starting point; additional input, perspectives and policy solutions are welcomed, as are questions, inquiries and endorsements. For more information about this document or the Rural Climate Network, email Tara Ritter at email@example.com.
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Originally published at www.iatp.org
Last week, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, the United States’ strongest climate policy to date. The plan aims to reduce coal-fired power plant emissions by allowing states to devise their own plans to reach federally-mandated emissions reduction targets. This choose-your-own-adventure policy could send states down very different paths, some worse for the environment and community resilience than others.
A bragging point for the Clean Power Plan is its... read more