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Northwest Coal Exports

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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.

Posts on Northwest Coal Exports

Coal, Oil, and Gas Spent $2 Million on Oregon Politics in 2014

A look at the fossil fuel industry's methods of buying influence.

Washington Senate Endorses Socialism for Coal

Transportation bill would benefit a coal terminal and its international financiers.

Ridley’s Coal Export Collapse Continues

Major coal port expansion now a stranded asset.

Northwest Democracy and Fossil Fuel Money

Listen to an in-depth conversation on oil money in politics.

Wyoming Legislature Embraces Socialism for Coal

Lawmakers from the Cowboy State say "yee-haw" to corporate welfare.

Event: NW Fossil Fuel Exports

Eric de Place discusses transport risks of coal, crude oil, and other hazardous material.

Coal Export Markets in Freefall

Falling prices, declining Chinese imports spell bad news for export proposals.

Why New Improved Oil Trains Are Not Nearly Good Enough

A closer look at the many flaws of CPC-1232 tank cars.

Regulating Coal Hazards in Seward, Alaska, and Beyond

What a coal terminal means for a community.

The Facts about Kinder Morgan

New Sightline report reveals pattern of pollution, law-breaking, and cover-ups.