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If the Government Shuts Down, Don't Worry: Federal Coal Auctions Will Go On

The Bureau of Land Management has assured coal barons that public land will be available to buy and plunder, government shutdown or no.

Last month, the Obama administration announced a massive expansion of coal mining in Wyoming, offering leases on four enormous tracts, totaling around 7,441 acres, of public land and containing an estimated 758 million tons of coal. The leases are supposed to be auctioned off over the next few months.

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Video: Bidder 70 Guilty, Watch His Rousing Speech from the Courthouse Steps Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70, Found Guilty

Looking at ten years in federal prison for blocking bogus oil lease auctions, Tim DeChristopher gives a rousing speech on the steps of the courthouse.

Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70 (intro here, all our past coverage here), the brave, inspiring young climate leader, was found guilty yesterday afternoon. Facing possibly ten years in federal prison, DeChristopher stopped and gave a rousing speech on the steps of the courthouse.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cae5Pr7CHgk

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Updated: Bidder 70: "The Path We're On Is Scarier Than Prison" Tim DeChristopher Trial: Bidder 70 Says "The Path We're On Is Scarier Than Prison"

Tim DeChristopher's trial is underway in Salt Lake City. Watch this great interview with a true climate hero.

[Updated with links to DeChristopher's testimony below.]

We've been following the story of Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70, since he first disrupted a multi-million dollar Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction by simply walked in and bidding. His trial is currently underway in Salt Lake City. In my interview with him last year, DeChristopher brought up the Gandhian concept of "being the carbon tax."

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The Climate-crusading Highest Bidder

In late 2008, a multi-million dollar Bureau of Land Management land auction–one that was set to turn over hundreds of thousands of acres of...

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