The Department of the Interior has given almost $30 billion in government handouts to the coal industry through its coal leasing program.Through noncompetitive “auctions,” the Department sells the rights to publicly-owned coal to coal companies for a fraction of what it’s worth. And there’s almost four billion more tons of this coal that the DOI could give away in the coming years.Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has the power to put an end to these coal industry handouts for good. But she’s going to need to hear from the public first.Send a message now telling Secretary Jewell to put the public interest back into public lands by placing a moratorium on any new federal coal leases.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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