US Coal Exports
Exports Economic Contributions Report
May 24 2013

Coal Exports Support Tens of Thousands of Jobs (Free Enterprise)

Rock On! Coal Exports Supports 141,270 Jobs

Trade supports jobs. It’s not just a slogan and the name of an info-packed website; it’s a fact. In the case of coal, a new study by accounting firm Ernst and Young found that exports support tens of thousands of jobs and contribute billions of dollars to the economy.

The report prepared for the National Mining Association found that in 2011 (the most-recent year with complete data available) 18% (25,130) of the jobs in the American coal mining industry were supported by coal exports. Coal exports produced $2.6 billion in labor income and $5.4 billion in economic activity.

The report looks beyond the coal industry. By broadening the analysis to economic activity “generated by purchases from domestic suppliers” and spending from employees in the coal, transportation, exports, and supplier industries, Ernst and Young found that coal exports “contributed 141,270 total direct, indirect, and induced jobs to the U.S. economy” and $16.6 billion to the economy in 2011.

Other highlights from the study include:

  • Coal exports supported 8,850 transportation jobs. Most of these were due to moving coal from mines to ports.
  • Coal exports supported 5,370 jobs at ports.
  • Jobs directly supported by coal export-related industries (mining, transportation, port operations) earned almost 50% more in wages and benefits.

Given this evidence of the economic benefits of selling coal to foreign markets, what do opponents of new export facilities in the Pacific Northwest do? They asked the Army Corps of Engineers to combine a number of environmental studies being done on proposed export facilities and broaden their scope to include possible environmental effects in neighboring states and wherever exported coal would be sold—the entire planet. It’s a stall tactic. Chip Yost at Shopfloor put it well, “Their message was clear, we don’t want you to do anything that involves fossil fuels.”

Opponents continue to allow their anti-energy ideology to get in the way of the facts. Coal exports support tens of thousands of jobs and add considerable value to the economy. We should embrace our energy abundance, not stop ourselves from using it wisely.

See article here.

  • “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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