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  • Struggling for Air
    Book

    Struggling for Air

    Power Plants and the “War on Coal”

    By Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke
    January 4, 2016

    Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, conservative politicians have railed against the President’s “War on Coal.” As evidence of this supposed siege, they point to a series of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that aim to slash air pollution from the nation’s power sector. Because coal produces far more pollution than any other major energy source, these rules are expected to further reduce its already shrinking share of the electricity market in favor of cleaner options like natural gas and solar power. But the EPA’s policies are hardly the “unprecedented regulatory assault” that opponents make them out to be. Instead, they are merely the latest chapter in a multi-decade struggle to overcome a tragic flaw in our nation’s most important environmental law.

  • Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal (Summary for Policymakers)
    Policy Brief

    Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal (Summary for Policymakers)

    By Jayni Foley Hein and Peter Howard
    December 14, 2015

    This summary document describes how the Department of the Interior can make strides in modernizing the federal coal program through straightforward royalty rate increases and fiscal reform.

  • Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal
    Report

    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

    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.

  • Reconsidering Coal’s Fair Market Value
    Report

    Reconsidering Coal’s Fair Market Value

    The Social Costs of Coal Production and the Need for Fiscal

    By Jayni Foley Hein and Peter Howard
    October 5, 2015

    Coal mining on federal lands accounts for more than 40 percent of all coal produced in the United States. But outdated policies, longstanding loopholes, and prevalent environmental externalities keep American taxpayers from receiving their fair share of value from federal coal leases.

  • Harmonizing Preservation and Production
    Report

    Harmonizing Preservation and Production

    How Modernizing the Department of the Interior’s Fiscal Terms for Oil, Gas, and Coal Leases Can Ensure a Fair Return to the American Public

    By Jayni Foley Hein
    June 5, 2015

    Leasing federal lands for drilling and mining generates a huge amount of revenue for the United States, but the Department of the Interior, which oversees these leases, uses an antiquated fiscal system that deprives taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars. Our report analyzes how the fiscal terms for oil, gas, and coal leases could be modernized to ensure a fair return to the American public.