Coal lease sale would open 133M tons to mining

Jeremy Nichols with Denver-based WildEarth Guardians said burning the fuel would release more than 220 million metric tons of the climate-changing greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.The environmental group planned to appeal the BLM’s approval of the Bull Mountain lease sale, Nichols said.

Similar actions have been taken by the group against 12 areas proposed for leasing in the Powder River Basin, an area of southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming that produces more coal than any other region in the United States.

“BLM seems to believe its job is to appease the coal industry, not advance a new energy economy,” Nichols said in an email. “Rather than do its part to confront global warming and find ways to transition away from dirty energy, BLM continues to rubber-stamp massive coal leasing proposals like this.”

via Coal lease sale would open 133M tons to mining.

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