The straightest shipping line between the Rocky Mountain coal states and the growing Asian markets that want to burn coal is right through our Pacific Northwest. And so Oregon and Washington are getting a number of applications to build coal shipping facilities in Portland and Seattle and other locations that have access to international shipping lanes.
Not surprisingly, many environmental groups are opposed to shipping coal through our ports reasoning that selling huge amounts of coal to China, Taiwan and Japan will only pick up the pace of global warming. One environmental group compared it to “Selling alcohol to the driver of the bus you’re on. All consequences are bad.”
Others point to previous coal shipment booms and busts and the economic repercussions they leave behind. They say China, Taiwan and Japan are increasingly dedicating their energy industries to researching and developing more green energy as opposed to coal, oil and natural gas, which contribute substantially to heating up the atmosphere.
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