Comments to BLM on Evans McCurtain Oklahoma Coal Lease
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its environmental assessment of the Evans McCurtain coal lease in Oklahoma, which includes 3.28 million tons of recoverable coal. BLM quantifies around 9.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from direct, upstream, and downstream sources over about eight years. The agency, however, does not provide a monetized estimate of the climate damages those emissions will produce. We submitted joint comments asking that BLM use the social cost of greenhouse gases to better weigh the real-world impacts of potential coal leasing.