A haul truck at Alpha Natural Resources' Eagle Butte coal mine.

In Latest Move On Climate, Obama Administration Halts Coal Leasing

The federal government has temporarily halted coal leasing on public lands while it reviews its coal program. Forty percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from publicly-owned minerals beneath federal land, mostly in Wyoming. The government review will address whether taxpayers are getting a fair return on that coal, as well as how to square the coal program with the country’s new climate goals.

Representatives from the Jackson Hole Center For Global Affairs and other members of the group tour a  coal to liquids facility in Shanxi province.

In Search Of A Future For Coal

Demand for coal-fired electricity is on the decline. In response, regions around the world that rely on coal production for jobs and revenue are studying on new, cleaner ways to keep it on the market.