Fair Share Scorecard: Ensuring Taxpayers Receive a Fair Share for America’s Public Resources

Fair Share Scorecard: Ensuring Taxpayers Receive a Fair Share for America’s Public Resources. Center for American Progress. Greg Zimmerman et al. August 2015.

President Richard Nixon’s 1973 request that Congress reform federal mining policy—though still unheeded—affirmed a powerful principle that guides U.S. natural resource policy: America’s public lands and waters, and the energy and minerals beneath them, belong to all Americans. It follows that, as owners of these resources, American taxpayers should be entitled to their fair share of the revenues from drilling, mining, logging, and other development that takes place on public lands. In practice, however, the outdated laws and regulations governing energy and natural resource extraction on U.S. public lands provide few protections for the fiscal interests of U.S. taxpayers. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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