As the new Secretary of the Interior, Secretary Sally Jewel has an important opportunity to end the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) giveaways to the coal industry, which are unlocking enormous amounts of carbon pollution, wasting taxpayer dollars, and subsidizing the coal industry’s efforts to export publicly-owned coal to Asia.
It has not been a good month to be an aspiring coal exporter in the Pacific Northwest. But fear not, export-proponent Ambre Energy has an even more absurd plan up its sleeves.
Ambre Energy is facing a five month delay on a state permit from Oregon’s Department of State Lands (DSL) for its Morrow Pacific Project. All three private investors, Mitsui, KEPCO, and Metro Ports, have backed out of the Coos Bay Project Mainstay export terminal. Governors Kitzhaber and Inslee wrote a letter to the White House urging “the CEQ in the strongest possible terms to undertake and complete a thorough examination of the greenhouse gas and other air quality effects of continued coal leasing and export before the U.S. and its partners make irretrievable long-term investments in expanding this trade. Continue reading →
There’s a new front line in the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Companies like Arch, Ambre, and Peabody want to ship the coal buried under the United States to Asia, releasing disastrous amounts of carbon pollution, just to line their own pockets. This expansion in US coal exports could release more carbon pollution than any other new fossil fuel project in the United States, according to a new report Greenpeace released today.
Bipartisan initiatives are rare events these days, but the coal industry’s scheme to export millions of tons of publicly owned coal overseas is proving scandalous enough to bring Democrats and Republicans together. Continue reading →
Recently, the Oregonian reported that Ambre Energy “removed one obstacle” to its coal export ambitions by buying out the Decker Mine in a legal settlement with Cloud Peak Energy. Unfortunately for the troubled Australian coal upstart, this week Ambre also gained eight hundred new reasons to be worried. Continue reading →
If BLM and the Department of Interior do not put the brakes on the coal leasing process, a tract of taxpayer-owned land containing up to 721 million tons of coal will be given to Peabody this Thursday at an absurdly low, highly subsidized price. Once burned, that coal will produce more carbon pollution than the annual emissions of 230 million cars. Continue reading →
Communities in Illinois have been fighting coal pollution for years, recently scoring a huge victory when Edison International agreed to shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago. Unfortunately, Edison still operates a fleet of aging coal plants in IL, with no confirmed plans to shut them all down. Continue reading →