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Aug 03 2013

Courts Should Block Litigation That Would Harm Coal Exports (The Intelligencer)

Dismiss Frivolous Anti-Coal Lawsuit

On Aug. 15, area residents will get to hear about a wonderful success story for West Virginia. But even as it is being told, radical environmentalists will be working to make it no more than history.

From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, a panel of experts will gather in a forum at West Liberty University’s Highlands Center, to discuss coal exports.

Though President Barack Obama and the other radicals are determined to wreck the coal industry, West Virginia coal remains popular overseas. Much of that success is because the state has good reserves of high-quality metallurgical coal used in making steel.

West Virginia companies exported $7.4 billion worth of coal last year, up from $5.3 billion in 2011. As demand for Appalachian coal to feed U.S. power plants dwindles, that is good news.

But the radicals, not content to savage the domestic coal marketplace, now are going after exports. This week, a coalition of radical environmentalists calling themselves the Chesapeake Climate Action Network sued the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

The network claims the bank provided a $90 million loan guarantee to one coal exporter without considering the air and water pollution ramifications. The lawsuit cites coal dust, heavy railroad traffic and noise as concerns.

None is a real problem, of course. The lawsuit is merely an attempt to harass the government bank into withholding support for coal exporters.

The federal judge who hears the case should recognize it is merely a new manifestation of the anti-coal frenzy promoted by the radicals – and dismiss the lawsuit immediately.

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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