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The environmental case for buying a coal mine

Richard Fisher writes for the BBC on the environmental case for buying a coal mine.

The C3 Take
  • Around the world there is a growing movement of conservationists who are buying coal mines and acquiring drilling rights to conserve land.
  • In the United States this practice is currently illegal, but it could greatly benefit the environment.
  • While drilling on public lands is important for maintaining our energy security, not allowing conservationists to bid on oil and gas leases equates to the government picking winners and losers.

“Various groups have acquired land or negotiated water rights in order to preserve habitats for wildlife. Others have directly acquired grazing permits so that land is not used for climate-intensive agriculture. Some campaigners have even outbid logging companies for timber leases in Montana, or successfully acquired trawling permits and vessels from fishermen in California.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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