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Pro-coal terminal group's statement appears to sidestep reality

Posted by Ralph Schwartz

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The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied the removal-fill permit needed by Ambre Energy to move forward with the construction of the coal dock at the Port of Morrow!  This win is a testament to the power and dedication of all of you!  For nearly four years, communities across the region have been telling Northwest decision-makers that coal exports are wrong for the future of our states, our region, the country, and the world. Today, our persistent opposition has been answered by an Oregon state agency decision - a decision that has global implications.

EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30 percent

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.

Associated Press


The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.

King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State

By Bellamy Pailthorp

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.

Seattle gets a shout-out on Sierra Club Hitched for Governor Inslee’s Climate Hearing

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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.

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Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert accused of dumping coal in the ocean

By Martina Perry - The Northern View
Published: May 29, 2013 8:00 AM
Updated: May 30, 2013 9:02 AM

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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 columnist
Times editorial columnist
Originally 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.

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We Say Stop the Coal Trains

posted by ,, and 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.

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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."

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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.

By Danny Westneat

Seattle Times staff columnist

Originally 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:

Regulatory agencies summarize Gateway Pacific Terminal scoping comments

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.


Thousands at Climate Rally in Washington Call on Obama to Reject Keystone Pipeline

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.

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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)


Volunteer Articles:

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