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Jonathon Berman, (202) 297-7533, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org

Press Release

Trump Ends Rule Blocking Corporate Polluters From Paying Themselves

Interior Rule Prevented Fossil Fuel Companies From Selling Resources to Themselves
WASHINGTON -

Today, Donald Trump rescinded a Office of Natural Resource Revenue rule that prevented companies from selling fossil fuels extracted on public lands to a subsidiary at a low price, paying royalties on that initial sale, and then reselling the fuel at a far higher price without paying royalties on the second sale.

In response, Sierra Club Lands Protection program Director Athan Manuel released the following statement:

“It’s no surprise that someone with Donald Trump’s checkered business history would rescind a rule preventing fossil fuel companies from ripping off the American people. Donald Trump should represent the people, and as such, should conduct business that puts their interests first -- not rig the system for corporate polluters.”

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