US Coal Exports
Exports Economic Contributions Report
Mar 07 2014

Senator Barrasso Calls for Fewer Barriers to Coal Exports (Economic Times)

Barack Obama urged to lift curbs on exports of gas, oil and coal

WASHINGTON: An influential Senator has asked US President Barack Obama to lift restrictions on exports of natural gas, oil and coal to countries like India and China.

In his speech on the Senate floor, Republican Senator John Barrasso said the Obama administration should use its authority to make it easier for the US to export natural gas, oil and coal to American allies abroad.
Read more →

Feb 28 2014

Poll Shows Support for Northwest Coal Exports (Vancouver Sun)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Vancouverites not so opposed to coal exports, industry poll shows

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is adamantly opposed to expanding coal exports from Port Metro Vancouver, but many Vancouverites disagree with him, according to one market-research poll.

In a Mustel Group survey of Vancouver residents, 92 per cent of respondents agreed the port is important to British Columbia’s economy and showed a high level of support for expanding exports from it, including of coal — although to varying degrees.

Expansion of grain exports saw the most support at 88 per cent. Increasing container and forest-products shipments were next at 85 per cent support and natural gas at 62 per cent.

And expanding coal shipments saw the support of 53 per cent of respondents, though not strongly so. On the opposite side, 35 per cent said they were opposed and 12 per cent of the 500 respondents had no opinion.
Read more →

Feb 27 2014

Montana Leaders Support Coal Exports Expansion (Laurel Outlook)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Official says port could increase Montana coal, grain exports

A week ago Monday, Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund joined two other Montana business leaders on a visit to Bellingham, Wash., to tour the site of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a port from which Montana coal and other commodities could one day be shipped to Asia.

The intent of the trip was to demonstrate broad support in Montana for the development of the port. The Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a multi-commodity, dry bulk cargo-handling facility on nearly 1,500 acres at Cherry Point, just 17 miles south of the Canadian border. The shipping, stevedoring, and warehousing facility will be the largest on the West Coast. Supporters contend it would provide expanded shipping capacity to Asia for Montana commodities such as coal and grain.

Ostlund made the trip with the President of the Montana Chamber of Commerce Webb Brown, of Helena, and Vice President of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Bruce Wright, of Bozeman.

“The construction of this terminal is about far more than just coal,” Brown told a number of reporters at a press conference in Bellingham. “This terminal is about getting Montana products to the global market place and expanding the opportunities that Montana businesses have to have to succeed.”
Read more →

Feb 25 2014

Broad Reviews of Coal Export Plans ‘Hypocritical’ (Casper Star Tribune)

Editorial board: Full review of coal exports? Not so much.

It must be nice to pick and choose your truth.

That’s what the state of Washington seems ready to do. State and local regulators there say they’ll look at a sweeping environmental review of a coastal terminal that would ship millions of tons of Wyoming and Montana coal to Asia. The review will examine global warming effects from burning the coal in Asia and the potential environmental costs of shipping the coal by rail to the coast, among other things.

Such a large-scale review isn’t really an effective way to determine environmental impacts. It’s a cynical, hypocritical way to kill the export terminal plans. We encourage officials in Washington to decide against the sweeping review, and we’re glad Wyoming lawmakers are considering allocating $500,000 for the state attorney general to fight the broader review. North Dakota, Montana and others already are fighting for a narrower review focus. Wyoming, as the top coal-producing U.S state, should join them.
Read more →

Feb 24 2014

Coal Exports Growing at Vancouver Port (Burnaby News Leader)

Coal shipments rise to 35 per cent of port exports

Port Metro Vancouver recorded nine per cent growth in overall cargo moved in 2013, with increases in coal, grain and container shipments leading the way.

Coal shipments – which have been controversial – climbed 17 per cent to 38.2 million tonnes, split between about 26 million tonnes of steelmaking coal and 12 million tonnes of thermal coal.

The port’s coal shipping capacity is expected to climb with a pending expansion in North Vancouver and, potentially a new terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks that has hit strong opposition.

Coal now makes up 35 per cent of port exports.
Read more →

  • “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

Count on Coal

National Mining Association

Twitter Logo

facebook Logo