US Coal Exports
Exports Economic Contributions Report
Apr 10 2013

U.S. Rivals Australian Coal Exports (ABC News)

US a threat to Hunter coal exports

An Australian coal industry analyst says Hunter Valley mining companies are closely watching the United States as a potential export rival for thermal coal.

The local industry is still feeling the impacts of a slump in thermal coal prices over the past eight months but is confident the sector will emerge from the slump in a strong position.

Increased competition has been blamed for much of the price drop, with the United States gaining ground as a supplier of coal to Europe and Asia.

Coal economist Dr Donald Barnett says Australia’s operations are aware of the threat.

“If the US did get a good rail terminal connection coming out of Washington State, that would be a real threat for Australia, because strangely enough, Washington State and also the Canadians are actually closer to Japan than Australia is,” he said.

But Dr Barnett says the US faces some barriers.

“Fortunately for us, the topography is proving a bit more difficult and also the Washington State folk are very, very environmentally conscience,” he said.

“And rightly or wrongly, not at all happy about a lot of barge traffic coming down their river system.”

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  • “The fact that we’re no longer in the age of energy scarcity – that we’re in the age of energy abundance – positions the United States in a totally different place. This gives access to affordable, reliable energy in the United States, and gives the U.S. a major competitive advantage.”
    – Dave Banks, Special Assistant to President Donald Trump for International Energy, June 2017
  • “It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.”
    – Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, March 28, 2017
  • “Historically, U.S. companies seeking to expand their revenues focused first on increasing their number and share of U.S customers. For years, this focus served as a winning strategy for many of the most successful U.S. companies. Today, global economic trends make clear that successful companies are those that reach and sell to consumers outside U.S. borders and around the globe.”
    — 2011 National Export Strategy, U.S. Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee
  • “Federal regulatory agencies should not require climate change studies in the course of their permitting processes for proposed facilities. Coal will be consumed around the world regardless of U.S. trade policy. The only question is whether the coal is produced here in North America, where environmental standards are high, or elsewhere.”
    — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, January 7, 2014
  • “At present 19% of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity and on New Policy Scenario projections there will still be 1 billion people without such access in 2030. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2015, 395 million more people need access to electricity. There is a strong correlation between electrification and improvement in the United Nations’ Human Development Index.”
    — International Energy Agency, Coal Industry Advisory Board
  • “Access to electricity is strongly correlated with every measurable indicator of human development”
    — Berkeley Science Review, 2008

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