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Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal

Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal

How the Interior Department Can Use Economic Tools to Modernize the Federal Coal Program

By Jayni Foley Hein and Peter Howard
December 14, 2015

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Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, Natural Resources, Reports

This report analyzes the hidden costs of coal production, and suggests updates that the Department of the Interior could make to modernize the federal coal program and earn “fair market value” for taxpayers, as required by law. It includes the first-ever calculation of how the social and environmental costs of coal production could be incorporated into federal leasing terms.