The Chinese need coal. They consume more than 3.2 billion metric tons every year to run the factories that make all of the junk we buy. The only way for American coal companies to get our cheap federally subsidized coal to China is to ship it across the Pacific Ocean. Read the full story here.
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 …
ENERGY policy is health policy. While we all need to use energy, not all of it is equal. Some ways of producing and using energy make people sick, while others are far more benign. To protect public health and to save on health-care costs, we should choose the healthier path. Read the full story here.
New documents show that an Australian company is planning to ship much more coal to China through Longview than it acknowledged. State and local officials may have been deliberately deceived. Read the full story here.
Environmental groups are appealing development permits issued for a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash, saying the first major coal export site on the U.S. West Coast would threaten public health and undermine state efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full story here.
A region trying to close its own coal-burning generating plants is now poised to become a supplier of millions of tons of coal each year to China It’s not fair to lay responsibility for the Earth’s climate at the feet of the Cowlitz County commissioners who recently approved a plan to ship coal to China from a terminal on the …
Smaller amounts of toxic pollution are falling out of the sky onto the Puget Sound basin than 20 years ago. That according to new federal research. But one independent scientist says the gains in the region are partially offset by more pollution blowing in from faraway foreign sources. Correspondent Doug Nadvornick explains. Read the full story here.