BILLINGS, Mont. —
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the President Donald Trump‘s administration had fixed its initial failure to consider the environmental impacts of ending the moratorium.

The administration’s opponents had argued it did not look closely enough at climate change and other effects from burning coal.

Trump pledged to end the moratorium prior to being elected and in office has sought to boost the industry, despite market forces that have sharply curtailed mining.

Coal production has been dropping for years because of competition from cheaper fuels and pollution costs.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the decline. But critics of the coal program note that lease sales have continued and say the administration’s moves could open tens of thousands of acres of public lands to new mining.

Follow Matthew Brown at @matthewbrownap

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Verizon joins list of companies boycotting Facebook advertising

One of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, Verizon, has joined a growing list of companies who have pulled advertising from Facebook to pressure the social media platform into addressing and preventing racist and violent information from being shared. Verizon announced…

Great Depression-sized slowdown seen, but some light appears

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ———————————————————————— GLOBAL MALAISE: Economists are still…

HSBC to shed assets worth $100 billion and slash 35,000 jobs over three years

HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings (HSBA.L) said on Tuesday it would shed $100 billion in assets, slashing the size of its investment bank and revamping its U.S. and European businesses – in a drastic overhaul that will mean 35,000…

Disneyland closes due to coronavirus outbreak

New York (CNN Business)Disney is closing Disneyland, its flagship theme park in Anaheim, California, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The closure of Disneyland follows the company shuttering some of its parks overseas because of the virus. Disney (DIS)‘s theme parks…