Cantwell Statement on State of the Union Speech

January 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address:

“I am pleased the president noted the need to recalculate the true costs of federal coal and ensure that the American taxpayer gets proper value for this resource. I’ve urged the administration to reform the outdated, unbalanced, coal leasing program and I’ll work with them to address the fact that coal off of federal lands is a sweetheart deal and a taxpayer rip-off. We must better account for carbon pollution here at home.”