Monthly Archives: April 2013

In the Northwest, rising coal exports to Asia stir huge fight

The Seattle Times, April 29, 2013 By Hal Bernton 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 … Continue reading

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World’s energy nearly as dirty today as it was 20 years ago

Grist | A Beacon in the Smog, April 22, 2013 By John Upton Between 1990 and 2010, the perils of climate change became very clear, as did the urgent need for renewable energy, but we still didn’t do much to … Continue reading

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Dirty war | A rancorous scrap over plans to send American coal to Asia

The Economist, April 20, 2013 Yet still they come MITT ROMNEY’S charge that America had declared “war on coal” may not have won him last year’s presidential election. Yet this once-mighty industry is struggling, squeezed by the plummeting cost of … Continue reading

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Columbia Riverkeeper Stopping Illegal Pollution

Columbia Riverkeeper e-news, April 16, 2013 Columbia Riverkeeper and allies are taking action to stop coal currently spilling into the Columbia River. They are enforcing the Clean Water Act, patrolling the Columbia, and utilizing citizen volunteers. Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Coal Ports May Be on the Ropes

Huffington Post, April 9, 2013 By Carol Pierson A retired nurse friend related a story last week told to her by the young waitress at the Vol Du Vent restaurant in the picturesque beach town of White Rock, British Columbia. … Continue reading

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Coal Transporters Held Accountable for Contamination of Local Waterways

EcoWatch: Cutting Edge Environmental News Service April 3, 2013 BNSF Railway, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the largest coal transporters in the U.S. It is responsible for hauling an average of 480 open-top rail cars carrying … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest governors urge federal officials to look closely at coal export proposal

PRI, Public Radio International April 5, 2013 Federal officials are considering a plan to open up federal lands to coal mining, with the idea that the coal would be exported, likely to Asia. But two governors, in Washington and in … Continue reading

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