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Dec 17 2013

Montana, North Dakota Officials Advocate for Coal Exports (Heartland Institute)

Montana, North Dakota AGs Advocate Coal Export Terminals

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem warned Washington state officials that if they conduct an overzealous environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal in Washington, it may violate the rights of coal producers in Montana and other states.

Rob McKenna, a Washington-based attorney hired by Fox and Stenehjem, submitted comments to Washington environmental officials, expressing concern about their pending review of a proposed coal export terminal near Longview, Washington.
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Dec 05 2013

Hampton Roads Coal Exports Up 28% in November (Platts)

Hampton Roads coal exports up 28% in November

Coal exports from Virginia’s Hampton Roads region were up in November, as the three terminals collectively exported 4,161,943 short tons in the month, 16.1% above October’s exports and 28% over the year-ago month, Virginia Maritime Association data showed Thursday.

Year-to-date exports from the Dominion Terminal Associates, Lambert’s Point and Pier IX terminals total 46,316,245 st, up 4.2% from the same period last year.

The steady stream of exports despite weak overseas pricing is likely a result of both legacy contracts signed when prices were higher, as well as efforts by the Eastern railroads that serve the terminals to lower rail rates in order to keep US producers competitive, market sources say.
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Dec 04 2013

International Trade Agreements Require U.S. Coal Export Approvals (Rigzone)

US Delays in LNG, Coal Export Permitting Could Violate WTO Agreements

The United States’ delay in permitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal export facilities could run counter to U.S. international treaty obligations under World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, former WTO Appellate Body Chairman James Bacchus argues in a recent report.

The United States cannot argue against trade restrictions by other countries while it delays the export of LNG and coal from the United States, Bacchus told reporters during a press conference Tuesday.

“It is strange to me that some in the energy industry see oil and gas as excluded from WTO obligations,” said Bacchus. “There’s nothing in the treaty that excludes oil and gas from WTO rules and obligations.”

As a WTO member, the United States must comply with WTO agreement trade rules. A key provision, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994, forbids export restrictions, including those made effective through licenses or other measures.
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Dec 04 2013

Group Presses U.S. to Speed Coal Exports Approvals (Reuters)

Group steps up pressure to speed US okay of gas, coal exports

A lobbying group pressing the U.S. government to speed approval of U.S. natural gas and coal export proposals released a report on Tuesday contending that long delays in the approval process may violate global trade rules.

The National Association of Manufacturers commissioned James Bacchus, a former Democratic Congressman and World Trade Organization judge, to pen the report, which it says sends a message to the Obama administration and Congress that they should accelerate the approval process and lift regulatory barriers.

“This report confirms manufacturers’ view that principles of open markets and free trade should govern whether projects are approved on U.S. soil, and that all permits deserve up-or-down approval in a timely manner,” said NAM President Jay Timmons.
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Dec 03 2013

Coal Export Limits May Violate WTO (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Manufacturers group: Coal export limits may violate WTO

A National Association of Manufacturers report suggests that delays in enabling more coal facilities could actually lead to world trade treaty violations.

The report, issued this morning, hits at the heart of three contested coal facilities in the Pacific Northwest, including a proposal at the Port of Morrow in eastern Oregon.

NAM’s researchers reported that demand for fossil fuels is growing worldwide, which hints that there’s also a growing need for more export facilities. However, delays in obtaining building permits have thwarted coal exports. As such, the U.S. may be violating World Trade Organization agreements that forbid export restrictions.

“The United States has always been a strong advocate of these rules and has been forceful in challenging export restrictions imposed by other countries, as highlighted recently when the United States successfully challenged China’s imposition of export duties, quotas and licenses on a variety of raw materials at the WTO,” NAM researchers wrote. “Consequently, China must now eliminate its export restrictions or be subject to economic sanctions.
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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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