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Whitfield against halting US coal leases on federal land

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World Coal,

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced that the the Department of Interior’s (DOI) will not issue new coal leases for federal lands, which provide approximately 40% of the country’s coal, for at least three years to allow for evaluation and review of the federal coal programme.

US Rep. Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, adds to the growing argument against the DOI’s plan to halt leasing and managing coal on federal lands.

Whitfield disapproves of the overall and stated: “Once again the administration is circumventing Congress, the voice of the American people, to launch another unilateral attack on coal … We cannot support climate ‘solutions’ that would result in new taxes or mandates, drive up energy prices, threaten jobs and harm the most vulnerable in society — all of which undermine our communities and our ability to confront future risks.”

“We will continue to fight to ensure our policies promote access to affordable, reliable energy that allows our communities to grow economically, to adapt to changes and to be resilient, both now and in the future,” Whitfield continued.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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