Sightline is releasing a new and updated research backgrounder today: it’s a “frequently asked questions” about coal exports from the Northwest.
In the new version of “Northwest Coal Exports” we set out the basic facts of the case, examining currrent North American coal exports, what the new proposals involve, and what the pollution consequences might be. We take a hard look at the scientific literature on the health impacts of coal dust, and we draw some lessons from existing coal export facilities elsewhere in North America. We also tackle some of the more vexing questions, like whether British Columbia ports have the capacity to handle the export proposals, and whether US coal exports add to global greenhouse gas emissions.
We hope it lays a foundation for those seeking to understand basics of coal exports. If you have further questions, please let us know.