Obama halts new coal leasing on federal land, orders sweeping review

January 16, 2016 1:23 AM

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Obama halts new coal leasing on federal land, orders sweeping review

The Obama administration declared a halt Friday to any new coal leases on federal land, saying it would conduct a sweeping review of the economic and climate impact of extracting vast amounts of taxpayer-owned coal throughout the West.

The moratorium, which could last up to three years, will probably have a modest immediate effect on the nation’s struggling coal industry. But it provided fresh ammunition for environmental activists now intent on keeping the nation’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground. And it signaled the White H...

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