Recent Coal Export Trends: Q2 2014

Coal shipments down again nationally, up in the West, led by Seattle.
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Western coal exports_Q2 2014 (Data from US Energy Information Administration’s Quarterly Coal Report.)

Here’s a look at the latest US Department of Energy figures in its quarterly coal export report, which take us up through the second quarter of 2014:

The big coal export story in the west was in California where shipments out of the Los Angeles District (from LAXT at Long Beach) and San Francisco District (from the Port of Stockton and the Levin-Richmond Terminal) fell by 12 percent and 19 percent, respectively. By contrast, coal exports from the Anchorage District (referring to the Seward Coal Loading Facility) jumped back up to more than 250,000 tons.

Please note that there are serious questions about the accuracy of the official government coal export numbers. For more about these inconsistencies, see this post. Read more »

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Weekend Reading 10/31/14

What is heroism?; bike-friendly Halloween costumes; and more.
Original illustration by Nina Montenegro of ghosttide.com.

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In case you missed it, Brentin Mock has a (heartbreaking) tribute in Grist about 15-year-old George Carter III, killed recently in New Orleans. George was deeply involved with a remarkable student-driven group called The Rethinkers. He spoke of the power of gardens, real food, and nature to make a difference in kids’ lives under the toughest circumstances; there is some lasting power and resonance in his story that deserves to be shared. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has more  …  read more »

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The #1 Question from Progressives about Revenue-Neutral Carbon Taxes

It’s déjà vu all over again.

Last time, I shared the #1 question from conservatives about revenue-neutral carbon taxes like the Carbon Washington proposal to implement a BC-style carbon tax and use the revenue to cut sales taxes and business taxes:

How do you know it’s going to stay revenue-neutral?

This time I’d like to share with you the #1 question from progressives about revenue-neutral carbon taxes:

How do you know it’s going to stay revenue-neutral?

It’s the same question! The motivations for asking the question,  …  read more »

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The #1 Question from Conservatives about Revenue-Neutral Carbon Taxes

And my stab at an answer.
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I give a lot of talks about revenue-neutral carbon taxes—especially the Carbon Washington proposal to implement a BC-style carbon tax and use the revenue to cut sales taxes and business taxes. The question that is far and away the #1 question asked by conservatives is:

How do you know it’s going to stay revenue-neutral? It sounds all well and good to combine a carbon tax with dollar-for-dollar reductions in sales taxes and business taxes, but the legislature will just raise  …  read more »

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