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US government mulls raising royalties for coal mining in public lands


The U.S. government flagged this week the need to modernize rules governing coal sales from public lands to offset the climate change effects of burning the fuel and give taxpayers a fair return. In a preliminary report released Wednesday, which is part of a broad review of U.S. coal sales, officials said the suggested changes include a possible hike of coal royalty rates and the imposition of compensation from mining companies, as publicly owned coal accounts for 10 percent of the country's total greenhouse-gas emissions. more

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