Category Archives: Environment

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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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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Northwest Railroads Will Need Improvements To Handle Coal Trains

EarthFix | Oregon Public Broadcasting April 1, 2013 The five coal export terminals proposed for Washington and Oregon could add dozens of trains a day to Northwest railways. Those trains would mean new business for coal companies, railroad companies and … Continue reading

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Sierra Club plans to sue railroad, coal companies over coal dust pollution in Northwest

The Oregonian, April 2, 2013 By Scott Learn LYLE, Wash. — At the railroad berm that divides Horsethief Lake from the Columbia River, you can stick your hand between the rocks and come up with fistfuls of crumbly coal-black pebbles … Continue reading

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Washington And Oregon Governors Call For Greenhouse Gas Study

Huffington Post | AP, March 25, 2013 By Phuong Le SEATTLE (AP) — The governors of Washington and Oregon are urging the White House to evaluate the effects of greenhouse gasses that would be emitted elsewhere if the nation’s coal … Continue reading

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Columbia Riverkeeper Informational Meeting Before Columbia County Land Use Hearing

Columbia Riverkeeper, Clean Columbia County, and others will be discussing coal exports and land use changes in Scappoose, Oregon. At this meeting, they will discuss the potential inter-relationship between coal exports and the Port’s proposed land use change. The Port’s proposal … Continue reading

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