Another Energy Mess

by  |  published on January 15, 2016

The Obama administration announced Friday it will temporarily halt new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review to determine whether fees charged to mining companies provide a “fair return” to taxpayers.

The decision immediately triggered accusations from business groups and Republican lawmakers of a renewed “war on coal.”

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, on a conference call, stressed that the move “is not a pause on coal production” entirely — but will give the government time to study the benefits of coal as well as its impact on the environment.

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