Northwest Coal Exports
Photo courtesy of Paul K Anderson. Used with permission.
Coal companies want to open up Pacific Northwest ports so that they can supply American coal to Asia. Current plans call for shipping more than 100 million tons of coal each year, roughly 20 times as much as Washington’s lone coal plant burns. There are serious global consequences to burning this much coal. Meanwhile, Northwest communities along railways and near the ports are worried about coal’s damage to their health and quality of life. Sightline’s series examines the coal export proposals in depth, fact-checks the arguments in favor of new terminals, and crunches the numbers on everything from railway congestion to carbon emissions. (Photo by Paul K Anderson, used with permission.)
Posts on Northwest Coal Exports
Eric de Place discusses transport risks of coal, crude oil, and other hazardous material.
Falling prices, declining Chinese imports spell bad news for export proposals.
A closer look at the many flaws of CPC-1232 tank cars.
What a coal terminal means for a community.
New Sightline report reveals pattern of pollution, law-breaking, and cover-ups.
Official disclosures show financial disarray, imminent bankruptcy...and no choice but to sell to creditors.
Ambre Energy's financial backer makes money by finding a bigger sucker.
Coal shipments down again nationally, up in the West, led by Seattle.
There's only so long a coal company can make money betting that coal prices will fall.
How Northwest will shape the future of the world's energy economy.