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Wyo. lawmaker introduces bill that would ban coal lease moratoriums

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., introduced a bill that would require a joint resolution of approval from the U.S. Congress to implement a federal coal lease moratorium.

"Yesterday, I introduced legislation to make sure that no future moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands can be imposed without congressional approval. Wyoming coal is a national treasure. Our fossil fuel industry provides power, jobs and economic growth in Wyoming and all across the country," Cheney said in a March 30 release.

She said the Trump administration's executive order ending the federal coal lease moratorium was "an important first step in repairing the damage done to Wyoming during the last eight years. Obama-era energy policies focused on destroying our fossil fuel industry, killing jobs and devastating communities across Wyoming."

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke followed the White House order with a secretarial order of his own, but some said that all the rhetoric surrounding the federal coal lease moratorium is "a lot of noise" based more on politics than economics.