“Despite President Obamas climate policy urging less reliance on coal at home and abroad, the federal government has taken a hands-off approach to proposals to build northwest terminals capable of exporting more than 100 million metric tons of coal annually. Its been left to the states of Oregon and Washington to determine the future of coal exports for America.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber pleaded with the federal government to undertake a broad and comprehensive analysis of exporting coal, including its transportation by rail, pollution of air and water, and the long-term impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.
Theres been nothing but deathly silence from Washington, D.C.
So it was good news last week when the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a vital permit to Ambre Energy, effectively shutting down its application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River. It would have shipped about 9 million tons of coal to Asian markets annually.
The state of Washington should follow suit and reject Ambres plans for a larger terminal at Longview, being proposed under the subsidiary Millennium Bulk Terminals,” quoting The Olympian.
– “The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed”
By Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli, Inter Press Service.