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After years of waging disinformation campaigns, the U.S. cigarette industry finally accepted that cancer-wary Americans were lighting up less.  Big Tobacco found a lucrative new market, however:  It stepped up exports to Asia. Big Coal seems set on a similar strategy.  With construction of new coal plants being blocked across America — and states like Washington phasing out coal — the export market beckons, …

When the locals don’t want your coal, sell it overseas

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The world’s largest surface coal mine complex is a landscape unto itself. Six 200-foot-high draglines tear open the earth and scoop the black coal into gigantic dump trucks that make school buses look like playthings. Two dozen loaded-down trains, each a mile long, slide out of the mine complex every day, headed for power plants hundreds and even thousands of …

Port officials say 100 ships per year could take fuel deliveries

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Coos Bay might see coal exports, but not from the general-purpose cargo terminal the port would like to build, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay CEO Jeff Bishop told the Port’s commissioners Thursday night. Coal exports would bring too many ships for the cargo terminal to handle, he said. ‘If any coal terminal is developed in Coos Bay, it would …

Consider all the implications of coal terminal

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We can do better. The fire at the Millennium Bulk Terminals site last week highlights the need for our community to have this property cleaned up once and for all. Given the legitimate concern over the potential toxic air pollution and related health impacts from this fire, our community should really be concerned about the long-term health and economic impact …