Guest Editorial: Exporting Montana coal doesn’t fuel prosperity, March 17, 2011

Allison Roberts News

America is moving away from coal. As we have started using energy more efficiently (such as with compact fluorescent light bulbs and more building insulation) and to use cleaner sources of energy (such as wind power), our demand for coal has started to decline. Read the full story here. By ED GULICK, Chair of the Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. …

Coal on a Roll

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When Warren Buffett and his fellow Berkshire Hathaway director Bill Gates visited the Black Thunder coal mine last November, they did their best to keep a low profile. This is not an easy thing to do, however, when a fleet of nine private aircraft touches down at a small county airport like the one in Gillette, Wyoming, which bills itself, not …

Cargo terminal proposal part of national debate over jobs, environment

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“The jobs are nothing to scoff at,” Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike said earlier this year of the SSA Marine proposal at Cherry Point. But Pike’s attitude changed when he learned what cargo the company had in mind: coal, and potentially 48 million tons of it a year. That coal would end up in China, where it would fuel the blistering …

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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 …