Bernie wants to fight global warming by banning new coal, oil and gas mining on public land. He cosponsored the Keep it in the Ground Act to stop new drilling leases on public land in the West and in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. “My hope is that all presidential candidates will join Sen. Merkley and Sen. Warren and others in fighting for this legislation and standing up to the fossil fuel industry.”
40% of our coal lies west of the Mississippi on Federal Lands controlled by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). The BLM auctions off 20-50 year leases to the big mining companies to extract coal, oil, and gas. Bernie and his small band of renegades want to forbid the BLM from issuing further leases – keep it in the ground. This will raise the price of coal putting more West Virginia coal miners back to work, increase investment in alternative energy and demonstrate to US Corporatocracy and the world that we are serious about climate change.