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WATCH: Is This Man the Greenest Governor in America?

If Jay Inslee succeeds in his ambitious climate and energy goals, the impacts will extend far beyond Washington state.

Climate Change May Lead to Food Shortages, Civil Conflicts, Scientists Warn

The effects of man-made climate change, from sea-level rise to increasingly acidic ocean waters, have already become starkly apparent throughout the world. These effects are poised to worsen dramatically in coming decades due to continued emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, according to a major new scientific report released on Sunday.

British Columbia Enacted the Most Significant Carbon Tax in the Western Hemisphere.


What Happened Next Is It Worked.

Just before the economic collapse in 2008, the Canadian province passed a tax on carbon. Five years later, it's a case study in smart climate policy.

Are Coal Trains Degrading the Air We Breathe? The Answer is Yes.

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Monday, March 3, 2014

"...we even did a test run on the bridge at Richmond Beach park (I really enjoyed the excitement of waiting for coal trains and then watching the particle monitors as the train  passed underneath)."

Broad Scope for Longview Coal Terminal Evaluation Announced

Broad Scope for Longview Coal Terminal Evaluation Announced

Strong EIS will consider coal combustion in China, rail impacts in communities outside WA

 LONGVIEW, WA  - Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County announced a broad scope of their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview in southwest Washington State.  If built, it would be the largest coal export terminal in North America, exporting up to 44 million metric tons of coal per year to Asia. 


Amtrak train delayed 6 hours by coal train; passengers irked

Apologizing for an unplanned six-hour stop Sunday on Amtrak’s Cascades line, Washington state’s passenger-rail director says he’ll look for solutions to such delays with Amtrak and BNSF Railway.

By Mike Lindblom
Seattle Times transportation reporter

Washington state’s passenger-rail director apologized Tuesday for a blockage that left Amtrak riders stranded for six hours Sunday night in Ferndale, Whatcom County, just south of the Canadian border.

Seattle Times blog follow-up

Quickly and easily put your hands on the stories, quotes or graphs you saw a week or a month ago, when you need them.

Goldman Sachs out of SSA

Goldman Sachs has dumped its share of SSA Marine and the Cherry Point terminal. A Mexican businessman has bought their share. This is a BIG win for us to have such a strong company back out of this project. A lot of thanks are owed to the Lummi and Rain Forest Action Network for their successful effort to show Goldman Sachs that this was a very risky investment and did not fall inline with their own company values on respecting Native American rights.

And a big thanks is owed to all of you! You showed them that project is not wanted in this state and that it is going to be really hard to get cherry point built and a return on their investment. Great work everyone!

Now, SSA is trying to.spin this in a favorable light, but rest assured this is a BIG blow to them and should send some interesting signals to other investors. 



Court gives green light for water pollution lawsuit to proceed, major implications for coal shipper

Coal feels the heat

Concerns over global warming are seeing influential investors put the squeeze on miners and power firms in a campaign with parallels to the push against tobacco

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 December, 2013

King County Council deeply concerned about establishment of new coal terminals in Washington and Oregon

Motion supports comprehensive review of environmental impacts of new coal export facilities

The Metropolitan King County Council today gave its unanimous approval to a motion expressing the Council’s serious concern about the establishment of new coal export terminals within the states of Washington and Oregon.


Dec. 16, 2013

 Tacoma Environmental Scoping Hearing for Proposed Longview Export Terminal



VIDEO: Clash over coal plays out in Tacoma  KIRO

Economic Impacts of Coal Trains  Mayor Mike McGinn 

Last year the Department of Transportation worked with engineers at Parametrix to understand how Seattle traffic would be impacted by the proposal to expand coal train operations in the region. The findings indicated that running as many as 18 coal trains per day through Seattle, each over a mile long, would significantly increase delays along the waterfront and in SODO. Railroad crossings would be blocked an additional one to three hours each day. More coal trains would separate our waterfront from the rest of the City, damaging valuable industrial, maritime, and tourism businesses that require access to and from the waterfront in order to perform their work.   August 16, 11:45 Am  Continue reading at


Governor Inslee’s Climate Hearing In Seattle Draws Large Environmental Crowd

Oct. 24, 2013 | KUOW

SEATTLE — More than 500 people packed into a waterfront convention center on a foggy Wednesday night to tell Governor Inslee and other lawmakers what they think the state needs to do to reduce green house gas emissions.

Washington agencies to scrutinize broad threats of coal exports
EIS will consider health impacts in Washington, rail and tanker traffic impacts across the region, and impacts of coal burning in Asia

OLYMPIA - Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County announced the scope of their joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, in northwest Washington State.  If built, it would be the largest coal export terminal in North America, exporting up to 48 million metric tons of coal per year to Asia. The proponents of the terminal include Peabody Energy, SSA Marine, and Goldman Sachs.  
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Goldman Sachs says coal-export terminals are a bad investment

Do Surfactants Work?  Doesn't seem like it.

If you want to see what a train that has been sprayed down for coal dust looks like.  Check out this video.  It starts out great, but after about a minute you start to see the horrifying amount of coal dust that comes off these trains, even when they are sprayed.




BNSF Railways and coal shippers sued in Federal Court for water contamination violations.


Cowlitz tribe opposes Longview coal terminal

Posted on September 11, 2013

Cowlitz Indian tribal officials announced their opposition Monday to a proposed coal export terminal at Longview.

The tribe says increased coal shipments on trains and ships could threaten air and water quality along the Columbia River and harm fish.

The Daily News reports ( regulators plan five hearings to help plan the environmental review for the $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals project.