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King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State
King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing a resolution banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.
The Coal Industry Knows That Enviros Are Winning
—By Kate Sheppard| Fri Jul. 5, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
The coal industry is worried about environmental threats. Not threats like climate change, superstorms, or wildfires. Threats posed by environmentalists.
Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert accused of dumping coal in the oceanBy Martina Perry - The Northern ViewPublished: May 29, 2013 8:00 AMUpdated: May 30, 2013 9:02 AM
The Army Corps of Engineers must use its expertise to weigh the regional impacts of proposed coal-export facilities. The concerns are universal.Lance Dickie / Times editorial columnistTimes editorial columnistOriginally published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM
The growing revelation about plans to sell hundreds of millions of tons of coal to Asia is that so many people are put off by the idea. Here and elsewhere.
The human consequences range from health and safety issues close to home to global warming and climate change. These topics resonate across continents and oceans.
The prospect of expanding existing ports and building new marine facilities to receive endless streams of dust-spewing rail cars full of coal, with all their related impacts on air quality, health and traffic, dismays people from Oregon to Australia.
Yes, those folks down under, who are seen as relentless accommodators of China’s coal demand, are upset about the local effects of moving Aussie coal through their ports.
Those are the same concerns shared by Spokane and Washougal about rail traffic for shipping Powder River Basin coal from Wyoming and Montana.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions, testified Tuesday at a congressional hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
We Say Stop the Coal Trainsposted by MIKE MCGINN, STEVE BONKOWSKI, JON NEHRING, STEPHEN H. BUXBAUM, KEITH MCGLASHAN,DAVE EARLING, MELVIN SHELDON, RUDY PEONE, BRIAN CLADOOSBY, REUVEN CARLYLE, LARRY PHILLIPS, BEN STUCKART, MIKE O’BRIEN, KRISTEN HYTOPOULOS, CHRIS EGGEN, STROM PETERSON, andNANCY M. DUMAS on MON, MAY 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM
This guest post is by 17 leaders from across the state who oppose the expansion of coal exports.
The fight against dramatically expanding coal exports scored a victory this month when three proposed coal port sites were abandoned by Houston-based Kinder Morgan Co. However, two proposed coal export sites remain in Washington State: Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point and Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview. That is why the newly launched Leadership Alliance Against Coal will continue to work to oppose coal trains and exports to protect our communities.
Experts: CO2 record illustrates 'scary' trend
By SETH BORENSTEIN,AP Science Writer Published: May 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM PDT Last Updated: May 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM PDT
"...The chief greenhouse gas [carbon dioxide] was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world's benchmark. It's a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been anticipating for years."
Coal trains fire up UW chemist
Can’t get backing to study the health effects of coal trains? Then go rogue. A frustrated UW professor is taking his research straight to the people.
Seattle Times staff columnistOriginally published May 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM | Page modified May 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM
In the Northwest, rising coal exports to Asia stir huge fight
A push for more Montana coal exports to Asia — and a pushback over fears about air pollution and global warming — could turn into the Northwest’s biggest environmental battle in years.
By Hal Bernton
Seattle Times reporter
DECKER, Mont. —
At Spring Creek Mine, a broad black seam of coal, reaching depths of 80 feet, runs like a subterranean river through arid, sagebrush-covered hills.
OPB (Oregon Public Radio) article:
The regulatory agencies joining forces on the environmental study of the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export pier have issued a report summarizing the comments received on the scope of that study.
Greenland government falls as voters send warning to mining companies
Siumut party, led by Aleqa Hammond, to form coalition government in place of Kuupik Kleist's administration
Beijing Takes Steps To Fight Pollution As Problem Worsens
The measures include shutting down more than 100 factories and ordering one-third of government vehicles off the streets, official news reports said.
Zach Roberts, Truthout: A reported 50,000 people attended the 350/Sierra Club rally yesterday in Washington DC - making it the largest environmental march in decades. Zach Roberts documented the demonstration in these photos.
Wyo. coal company strikes export deal
A Wyoming mining company has signed an option agreement allowing it to ship up to 16 million tons of coal a year through a planned West Coast port.
Coal-terminal foe casts doubt on builder’s finances
An Australian company seeking to build two coal export terminals has piled up big losses and carries a large load of debt, according to a report by a Seattle think tank opposed to the terminals.
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer with SNL Energy
In an interview with SNL Energy, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is among one of the first coal export proponents to admit the proposals are probably dead. Check it out:
Is China Slowly Giving Up On Coal?
2/10/2013 @ 4:48PM
Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor
Covering Brazil, Russia, India & China.
The Beijing skyline is pretty, when you can see it. Take a breathe of that fresh Shanghai air? No thank you. Poor air quality in China has the locals up in arms, and the government might actually be listening.
Spokane Hearing (2012)
NW coal port hearing draws 800 at fairgrounds, Spokesman Review
Taking a stance on coal By Zachariah Bryan 09/26/2012, featuring volunteer Liz Talley
Coal terminals eliminate NW jobs. Sep 20, 2012, By volunteer leader, Dennis Lowenthal