Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has put a pause on new leases for Coal mining on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land.  During this pause the whole program is being evaluated  and the public is invited to provide comments.  Here is my sample letter and email for sending in your comment.  You can email to:

BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

You can read more about this opportunity here:

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/nr_04_26_2016.html

The bottom line: from what I can figure about 10% of US GHG comes from BLM coal leases.  Closing down this program would greatly benefit the country by pulling back on our GHG production,  We would need to replace the energy produced from Coal with renewables and that would be a national and global win too.

Please consider writing in and asking for closing this program. Comments accepted though JULY 28th 2016.  Here is my sample letter:

To Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping:                                                          June 23, 2016 

The BLM coal leasing program is inconsistent with the 2015 Paris agreement on Climate disruption.  Coal companies already own or lease enough land on private property it increase green house gases (GHG) to cause the US to fail on its commitments in the Paris agreement (keeping global temperature rise to at or below 1.5 C).  Thus leasing public land for coal mining and fossil fuel development is not in the public good or consistent with overriding imperatives in the International Paris Climate Change agreement. 

The BLM leasing program needs to be transformed into a clean energy program.  BLM can lease land for wind farms and solar farms.  It can use the income from those agreements to upgrade the grid and fast track development of renewable energy technology and programs.  Public lands programs need to be re-envisioned for the  21st century planet which is stressed from all the GHG generated by the burning of fossil fuels in the later decades of 20th century. 

Renewable energy generation on BLM lands will provide 21st century jobs now and the stable climate we need for our children’s future. It is clear that termination of the BLM coal program will greatly benefit the county by helping the US meet its Paris commitments, provide health benefits of not burning coal, and stimulate job growth in the renewable energy sector.