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Members of Congress from both parties in eight western states are backing a bill to increase renewable-energy development, protect public lands and wildlife, and provide a new income source for counties and states - simultaneously. 

The measure, introduced Monday, is the Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act (HR 596). It would require wind and solar developers to compete for public land leases, bidding on the places they want to site their projects. Once those projects were up and running, they'd have to pay royalties.

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