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August 17, 2015

By Jacob Marx

What Will Modernizing the Nuclear Weapons Complex Cost?



IAEA Nuclear Forensics A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the nuclear weapons complex reveals incomplete cost estimates for major projects, large fluctuations in the budget, inadequate funding for overdue maintenance, and poor data on critical facili

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 14, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

Americans Need Greater Extractive Industry Transparency



Oil worker in front of computers at an oil rig A letter from a leading economist illustrates that releasing more data on the extraction of resources from public lands does not harm companies in the competitive marketplace.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 3, 2015

By Mia Steinle

It's Time to Update Coal Rules That Are Costing Taxpayers Millions



Coal Mine The rules governing what coal companies pay to extract natural resources from public lands haven't been changed in over 25 years.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 29, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Loopholes and exemptions in the rules governing companies that mine coal on public lands cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue each year, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) told Department of Interior leadership today.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 10, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

How the House Almost Cheated Taxpayers Out of Billions



Oil drilling on public lands An amendment to prevent increasing onshore oil royalties nearly cost taxpayers $1.25 billion over the next 10 years.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.