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What was at Stake
Eliminating the use of all fossil fuels is key to fighting the climate crisis, and that starts with coal — one of the worst sources of climate-heating pollution in the world. The Obama administration recognized this and implemented a moratorium on new federal coal leases, but the Trump administration undid the moratorium to protect polluter profits — prompting an Earthjustice lawsuit. Now, the Biden administration has announced it is taking another look at federal coal policies. Tell the administration to undo the Trump administration’s damage.
Here’s why the federal government must stop leasing coal from our public lands:
- The relevant coal leases would account for 16.3% of the United States’ annual emissions — approving them would be a climate disaster
- Leasing rates are significantly below market value, effectively subsidizing the coal industry
- Coal mining pollutes our water and air, and destroys habitat for wildlife on our public lands
- Industry has not complied with requirements to clean up and keep communities safe
We cannot accept any more delay in addressing the harm from leasing coal on our public lands. More than 200 coal leases are coming up for renewal in the next four years, and if the Biden administration doesn’t act, they will be renewed under Trump’s polluter-friendly rules.
We need to make it clear to the Biden administration that they will be directly responsible for an immense amount of avoidable climate pollution, and harm to our water and air quality, if they continue to lease coal. Please join us in calling on the Biden administration to respond to the reality of the climate crisis by enacting a moratorium on coal leasing.