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Obama temporarily bans new coal leases on federal land

Obama temporarily bans new coal leases on federal land

Angering coal supporters, the Obama administration announced a temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands Friday as part of a broad environmental and economic review of the nation's federal coal program.

The decision, which was lauded by environmental advocates, came three days after President Obama said in his State of the Union address that he would "push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet," adding: “We’ve got to accelerate the transition away from old, dirtier energy sources."

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