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Sep 30 2013

American Farm Bureau Supports Coal Exports Proposals (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Farm Bureau throws support behind coal terminals

By Andy Giegerich, Sustainable Business Oregon editor

Supporters of three proposed coal export facilities in the Northwest picked up a heady supporter as discussions over the energy form hit continued fevered pitches.

The American Farm Bureau has thrown its backing to the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports as officials consider coal transport facilities in Boardman and in Cherry Point and Longview, Wash. The Farm Bureau believes that the facilities will deliver thousands of jobs, bolster the Northwest’s trade infrastructure and, eventually, benefit agriculture producers.
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Sep 25 2013

Manufacturers Join Labor Unions Supporting Coal Exports Proposals (NAM)

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Manufacturers Commend Labor Officials for Supporting Coal Exports

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following a press conference by officials from the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, the AFL-CIO and the International Union of Operating Engineers, announcing their support of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to limit the scope of its environmental review of the proposed Millennium Terminal in Longview, Washington, to the local impact of the project.

“With this announcement, labor officials are a strong voice in the growing chorus of manufacturers, business leaders and over 60 percent of Washington State residents who recognize the enormous economic benefits that would result from approval of coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. Over ten thousand jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages hang in the balance, and I commend the leaders of these organizations for standing up to opponents who would exploit the review system to stall these job-creating projects.”
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Sep 25 2013

Labor Groups Favor Regular Review of Coal Exports Proposals (The Olympian)

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Labor groups favor narrower review of Wash. coal export proposals

Spokesmen for three national labor groups sounded off Wednesday against the state Department of Ecology’s plan to subject the Gateway Pacific coal-export proposal at Cherry Point to a more stringent environmental review than the Army Corps of Engineers plans. The Army Corps announced earlier this month it was doing a more site specific review after previously announcing in July it would work jointly with Ecology effort.

Ecology announced its decision in late July after getting about 125,000 comments from the public over a 121-day period. The agency plans to look at the cumulative impacts of rail traffic bringing coal by rail from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming to serve the export docks proposed by SSA Marine. In a move that appears to be a first nationally, Ecology also is planning to consider the greenhouse gas effects of burning the coal in China, India and other potential markets.

Labor prefers the Army Corps’ approach, which is more in line with past reviews, said John Risch, national legislative director for the transportation division of SMART. He told reporters in a Wednesday morning teleconference from Washington, D.C.,  that environmental review has become a way to thwart or delay projects. He suggested the state’s approach could slow the Cherry Point project and “would be a regulatory nightmare.’’
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Sep 22 2013

Coal Exports Benefit Eastern Washington (The Spokesman-Review)

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Special to The Spokesman-Review: Coal export projects benefit all of us

By Janet Schmidlkofer And Michael Senske

We are advocates for trade in Eastern Washington. We have participated in trade missions, spoken on behalf of reasonable regulations and worked to make sure that our commodities get a fair shake at trading with international partners.

We believe our efforts have been rewarded. Every year we see local companies expanding their international reach – prompting our export numbers upward and increasing the importance of trade in the Spokane area.

The Spokane area brings a lot of goods to market. From the wheat fields of the Palouse to our growing aerospace sector to the tech companies of Liberty Lake, we produce and export a unique mix of goods. In Spokane alone, exports total approximately $873 million annually, and in the 5th Congressional District more than 23,000 jobs are directly connected to Spokane exporters.
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Sep 22 2013

Northwest Needs Coal Export Terminal Jobs (Everett Tribune)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Our area needs jobs export terminals would bring

By Darrell Chapman
Every time we create a job, it represents a man or woman supporting a family. Those paycheck dollars ripple throughout local communities like ours. After a lifetime of hard work, I urge our policymakers to focus on the working class, and what jobs can mean to families. I say this as the President of the Snohomish County Labor Council. I also say it as a veteran of two years in Vietnam; two years on the trans-Alaskan pipeline; and many more doing construction. As a veteran and a guy who has done the tough jobs my whole life — I can tell you that all I have ever needed in my working life is a job — I have turned every job into a roof over my head, groceries for my family and opportunities for my kids.
I don’t need to make the case for how much jobs matter here in Snohomish County. If you are anything like my friends, family and neighbors, you have seen job loss and underemployment firsthand. We cannot afford to be neutral when faced with the prospect of putting people to work. Most people would join me in saying that we need to make room for new industries here in Washington state. We are fortunate to have a chance right now to do just that.
You’ve probably heard about three proposals here in the Northwest for construction of new terminals for exporting coal and other commodities. The projects, proposed in Longview and Bellingham, Washington, and in Boardman, Oregon, would completely transform those local economies. I know I share many people’s opinion when I say that our region needs what these projects can bring — investment in our trade economy, new money for struggling local governments, and opportunities for family-wage jobs. Combined, the three Northwest projects will create thousands of jobs and millions in tax dollars while making it possible for lots of other types of export products to go to market. I am not shy about my excitement and look forward to adding my voice in support. We need these jobs now and we need government to commit to a fair and timely process for review.

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  • “The President’s National Export Initiative should place greater public emphasis on the role coal exports are playing to help reach the White House’s goal of doubling U.S. exports.”
    — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, January 7, 2014
  • “…we need to export more of our goods. Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America…We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America…We have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores”
    — President Barack Obama, January 27, 2010
  • “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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