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Montana Senators lobby for coal production tax credit revival

Montana Senators lobby for coal production tax credit revival

Montana’s U.S. senators are attempting to revive the Indian coal production tax credit, used by the Crow Nation to promote coal mining on the Crow Indian Reservation.

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers lose, mining firms gain under flawed coal leasing

Two recent congressional investigations point to the loss of millions of dollars to the public due to flaws in the way the Bureau of Land Management manages federal coal, including large holdings in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

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Tester's forest bill passes committee, moves to full Senate

Tester's forest bill passes committee, moves to full Senate

A new version of Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act passed a divided Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday morning, clearing a path for the full Senate to consider it.

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As fires rage, feds cut funding on prevention

As fires rage, feds cut funding on prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 3:03 pm Related Loading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Time to lean more toward liberty

WASHINGTON — The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths. We know that our government will continue with large-scale surveillance programs to prevent future terrorist attacks. We also know that such programs have operated up to now with too little public scrutiny and …

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Undervalued coal leases cost U.S. $62 million, federal report says

Undervalued coal leases cost U.S. $62 million, federal report says

Undervalued coal sales have cost the U.S. an estimated $62 million in potential lost revenues in recent years, according to a Tuesday report from federal investigators who recommended broad changes to the government's coal leasing program to stem further losses.

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George F. Will: Signs of grown-ups in charge on Capital Hill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, chairman of the Financial Services Committee, has told Richard Cordray not to bother. This is part of the recent evidence that government is getting some adult supervision.

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Environmental groups: Halt new Powder River Basin coal mining

New U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a Wyoming-centric letter on Monday, her first day overseeing federal lands.

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Senators ask if coal exporters are skirting royalties

Senators ask if coal exporters are skirting royalties

Lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday to review whether companies are shortchanging federal and state governments out of millions of dollars in royalties on coal exported to foreign markets.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Don't kill shale gas boom by limiting exports

WASHINGTON -- Let's not smother the shale gas boom. It is the crown jewel of the disappointing economic recovery. Why tamper with success? Yet, there are those who argue that shale gas' benefits could be maximized if we restricted gas exports, mainly as liquefied natural gas (LNG). This woul…

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Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Romney fibs about balanced budget with no new taxes

''It's time to tell people the truth," Mitt Romney said in a radio interview last spring. "And so my campaign's about telling people we've got to cut back on our spending and finally live within our means or we could face economic calamity."

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Bill speeds delivery of fire-fighting planes

Bill speeds delivery of fire-fighting planes

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed legislation to speed government contracts to modernize the aging fleet of Forest Service tanker planes that dump suppressants on Western wildfires.

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US Senate passes bill extending county payments

US Senate passes bill extending county payments

A one-year renewal of county timber payments passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as part of the major transportation bill.

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Gazette opinion: Congress avoids shutdown, delays budget decisions

It’s a strange world in Washington, D.C., where passage of a two-week delay on finalizing a budget that’s already five months late is considered good news.

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