As the use of coal to generate power in the United States has declined, coal companies have increasingly turned their attention to the export market, particularly the fast-growing economies of Asia. This has led to proposals for new private coal export terminals in Washington. Proponents of the coal export terminals consistently claim that the decision to authorize them will have no effect on the total amount of coal that is burned globally, and hence on the global climate. This white paper by economist and University of Montana professor Tom Power shows that proposed coal exports from terminals in Washington State would not only cause China to burn more coal, but set back advances in clean energy and efficiency for 30 to 50 years.

The Greenhouse Gas Impact of Exporting Coal from the West Coast

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July 19, 2011