Biden Move ‘Will Kill Jobs’

( – In a move that “will kill jobs” and jeopardize our energy independence, the Biden administration is taking significant steps to cease future coal leasing in a key section of America’s leading coal-producing area.

Spanning Wyoming and Montana, the Powder River Basin contributed roughly 43% of the U.S. coal output in 2019, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final plan, selecting a course of action that would stop future coal leasing activities in this coal-abundant geological zone.

The chosen proposal was documented in the final impact statement and will prevent any BLM-administered coal within the designated area from being leased.

Environmental groups praised this decision and highlighted its potential to prevent the extraction of 6 billion tons of coal, mainly in northeast Wyoming including areas around Gillette.

“This is what true leadership on climate and energy looks like,” commented Jeremy Nichols from the Center for Biological Diversity.

“I applaud the Interior Department in recognizing we shouldn’t be saddled with more costly coal but instead empowered with clean, affordable energy that safeguards our climate for future generations,” he added.

At the same time, the decision has drawn sharp criticism from local politicians like Republican Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, who views it as a direct attack on Wyoming’s coal-dependent communities.

“President Biden continues to wage war on Wyoming’s coal communities and families,” Barrasso stated. “This short-sighted plan will kill future coal leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin – the most energy rich area in the country.”

“This will kill jobs and could cost Wyoming hundreds of millions of dollars used to pay for public schools, roads, and other essential services in our communities,” he concluded.

This is not the first attempt to limit coal activities in this area. Former President Barack Obama issued a moratorium on coal leasing in the Powder River Basin during his tenure, though a federal court later overturned it this February.

Since taking office in 2021, the Biden administration has been firm in its regulatory approach to coal to align with broader climate goals.

In contrast, China, the world’s leading polluter, has been expanding its coal power capacity.

It approved an average of two new coal plants per week in 2022 and accounts for 95% of the global new coal-fired plant construction in 2023.

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