Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) is calling the Department of the Interior's (DOI) moratorium on federal coal leasing an "irresponsible, politically motivated decision that jeopardizes America's energy future."
On Friday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will take "a careful look at issues such as how, when and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources." While the review is taking place, the Interior Department will institute "a pause" on new coal leases. Existing coal production activities will not be affected.
"Once more the president is picking winners and losers, choosing his ideology over the working class communities and hardworking Americans that make an affordable and reliable energy supply for the nation possible," Tipton said. "We need to look no further than communities in Colorado, like Craig and Delta, that have seen firsthand the devastating toll the president's misguided energy policies have had on the economy."