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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

Ambre Energy’s Troubled History: Greatest Hits Edition!

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

EVENTS: Coal & Oil Trains in Bellingham, Everett

Two public panel discussions on Northwest fossil fuel exports.

Pacific Rim Coal Prices Continue to Tumble

Coal exporters are seeing red...and red ink...in latest price drops.

Coal Exports: Unfair Market Value

By ignoring exports, BLM underprices federal coal.

Bad News for Ridley Terminal

For Canadian coal export terminal, a series of unfortunate events.

Recent Coal Export Trends: Q1 2014

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

South Korea’s All-New Tax on Imported Coal

A win for human health and the climate, but a loss for US exporters.

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.