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Episode 5 - Extraction Without Representation: Energy Production on Public Lands

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Our fifth episode covers fossil fuel production in rural Western public lands and what alternative revenue sources states that currently rely on extraction royalties could seek. We bring back Dr. Justin Farrell to discuss his home state of Wyoming, and we introduce Josh Axelrod from NRDC, as well as Julia Stuble from The Wilderness Society.  

Show Notes

Episode 5 Sources

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Bui, Q, Sanger-Katz, M, 2016. Why the government owns so much land in the West. The New York Times. Accessed on 19 April 2021

Christian, M, 2021. Senate energy chair Manchin says fossil fuels ‘aren’t going anywhere’ soon. S&P Global Market Intelligence. 

Congressional Budget Office. 2016. Options for increasing federal income from crude oil and natural gas on federal lands.  

Congressional Research Service. 2020a. Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data.  

Congressional Research Service. 2020b. Revenues and disbursements from oil and natural gas production on federal land.  

Goad, J, Goldfuss, C, Kenworthy, T. 2012. Using public lands for the public good. Center for American Progress. Accessed on 19 April 21 by

Hein, JF, 2015. Oil companies are drilling on public land for the price of a cup of coffee. Here’s why that should change. The Washington Post. Accessed on 19 April 2021 by

Limerick, PN, 2012. Is democracy compatible with conservation? Bureau of Land Management.  

Smart Asset, 2021. Overview of Wyoming Taxes. Accessed on 19 April 21 by,10th%2Dlowest%20in%20the%20country.

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