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Trump Pushes Coal Mining in Roadless Forest Days After Repudiating Paris Climate Agreement

Forest Service pushes to mine next to West Elk Wilderness, giving Arch Coal access to more than 17 million tons of coal

Just days after announcing the U.S. will exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration today pushed ahead with plans for another damaging action: a plan to approve Arch Coal’s proposal to lease 1,700 acres of roadless wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest for mining 17 million tons of coal. The plan, addressed in a draft environmental impact study, would green light exploratory drilling and road construction to expand the West Elk coal mine about 40 miles southwest of Aspen.


Heartland Institute Experts React to Trump Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

President Donald Trump announced the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, which committed the country to cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The Heartland Institute has been opposing this global accord since hosting a counter-conference at COP-21 in Paris in December 2015, when it was negotiated.


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