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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

Recent Coal Export Trends: Q2 2014

Coal shipments down again nationally, up in the West, led by Seattle.

Prediction: Cloud Peak’s Coal Export Division Will Start Losing Money in 2015

There's only so long a coal company can make money betting that coal prices will fall.

Video: The Thin Green Line

How Northwest will shape the future of the world's energy economy.

Event: “The Thin Green Line” in Bellingham

A presentation and Q&A on Northwest coal, oil, and gas exports.

A Month of Disappointments for Coal Exporters

The bad news for the coal industry keeps rolling in.

How State Public Money Pays for Coal Exports and Oil Trains

Tracking public fund investments in fossil fuel projects.

Disputing a Study on Coal Exports and Climate

A poorly designed study assumes that breaking the law is "business as usual."

“If We Cannot Escape, Neither Will the Coal”

Northwest Tribes and First Nations block fossil fuel exports.

Do Coal Investors Really Care About Exports?

A coal stock sell-off suggests that coal investors ignore export news.

Ambre Energy’s Troubled History: Greatest Hits Edition!

The "thin green line" of the PNW puts Ambre in its place.