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An End to Powder River Basin Coal Leases? Second Auction in Two Months Fails to Seal a Mining Deal

Issues & Causes / Climate Change : DeSmogBlog

The Bureau of Land Management is having a hard time getting rid of our publicly owned coal. For the second time in two months, a federal coal lease auction resulted in no sales. On Wednesday, the BLM announced that it was officially...

The Myth of "Idle Leases" for Oil on Federal Land

Business & Finance : Carpe Diem

What sense would it make for profit-maximizing oil companies like Exxon Mobil to pay the federal government millions of dollars every year for offshore and onshore oil leases on federal land, and then leave that land idle? Especiall...

Justice Department Sues the City of Ferguson for Reneging on Police Reform Deal

News : Slate: The Slatest

The Justice Department sued the city of Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday to mandate police reform after the city council voted Tuesday against accepting a carefully negotiated overhaul of its criminal justice system. The city council...

Uber Gets Run Over by its Own Subprime Auto Leases

Business & Finance / Mortgage & Banking : Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter

Two years ago when these folks launched the subprime auto leasing program to put their badly paid drivers into new vehicles they couldn't otherwise afford, they apparently didn't do the math....The Xchange Leasing division had been ...

Amid fire department and library cutbacks, Burbank considers $2-million loan to golf course

United States / Los Angeles : L.A. Now

The Burbank City Council is considering a $2-million loan to the cash-strapped Debell Golf Course after Mayor Jess Talamantes called the municipally owned course “too big to fail.” Also on the table is suspending the golf course’s p...


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