Newsclip®: [Business] Utah hearing on federal coal-leasing reform draws hundreds - Houston Chronicle

"SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coal miners and their supporters came out in force to a public hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City, blasting a moratorium on federal coal leases as the latest attack in a war on coal that unfairly blames fossil fuels for climate change and air quality problems. Supporters of the moratorium said the action ensures protection of iconic Western lands and shields outdoor and tourism industries that are vital to Utah and other states. Several speakers implored coal miners to accept the reality that the country is moving away from coal and fossil fuels that harm the environment and toward renewable energy. Speakers this time conveyed a growing frustration among residents of central Utah counties where several coal mines have closed and unemployment rates are about twice as high as the Salt Lake City area. The contentious plan has been derided by environmental groups that call it a misuse of public money to prop up the struggling coal industry. Laura Nelson,", www.chron.com


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