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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

Blowback: China’s Cross-Pacific Pollution

How much of China's fossil fuel pollution is because of us?

Leader of Conservation Group to Become Coal Export President

Bill Chapman wants even more coal money.

PR Firm WA2 Advocates Takes Coal Money

Tony Williams and Jeff Bjornstad paid to promote coal exports.

Gov. Inslee Hires Coal Lobbyist to Direct Policy Office

Controversial hire raises questions about coal export plans in Washington.

New Video: The Pacific Rim Coal Bubble

Coal prices have collapsed...leaving Northwest export projects hanging by a thread.

Events: Sightline on Fossil Fuel Exports: Bainbridge Island and Vancouver, WA

Free public lectures on the Northwest's changing energy economy.

What the Northwest Can Learn from Louisiana

Despite obvious ongoing pollution, coal handlers want to expand.

Recent Coal Export Trends: Q4 2013

Exports slightly down on the West Coast and nationally.

The Thin Green Line

The Northwest faces off against titanic coal and oil export schemes.

Running “Off the Rails”

ForestEthics' new report on the Northwest fossil fuel blow-up.