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Here’s the latest.
THE BIG STORY
President Trump is doubling down on his promise to end the “war on coal.”
One day after Trump signed an executive order rolling back a handful of Obama-era climate regulations, the administration announced it is lifting coal-leasing restrictions.
The Hill’s Devin Henry has the story:
The Interior Department on Wednesday officially rolled back a major Obama administration coal initiative.
Secretary Ryan Zinke formally lifted the ban on new coal leasing on federal land, a policy shift that was one of the cornerstones of the climate and energy executive order that President Trump signed on Tuesday.
Interior also suspended a review of federal coal-leasing rates that the Obama administration and environmental activists had touted as a win-win for the climate and for taxpayers.
Throughout his campaign, Trump vowed to help coal miners by lifting Obama regulations on fossil fuel production.
For industry supporters, the coal moratorium was among the most egregious examples of Obama administration overreach.
The Interior Department, then led by Sally Jewell, paused the sale of new coal leases on federal land in 2016 and launched a review of the coal program.
Lifting the moratorium, industry supporters say, will help miners in Western states where there are large tracts of recoverable coal on public land.
Opponents of Zinke’s action say lifting the moratorium undermines the goals of Obama’s review by allowing the payment of royalty rates that are decades out of date.
The order, while fulfilling a key campaign promise from Trump, generated swift opposition from environmentalists and public lands supporters, who…