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Pacific Northwest Governors Jay Inslee and John Kitzhaber have joined together to asking the federal agencies reviewing proposals for 5 new coal export terminals in their states to include the consequences resulting from climate change the terminals would be exacerbating.  

2 governors wade into coal-export controversy

Washington’s Jay Inslee and Oregon’s John Kitzhaber want the Obama administration to study the impact of Western coal exports on greenhouse-gas emissions.

By Hal Bernton

Gov. Jay Inslee has joined with Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to ask the Obama administration to review the climate-change consequences of leasing and exporting Western coal.

“Increasing levels of greenhouse gases and other pollutants resulting from the burning of coal ... are imposing direct costs on people, businesses and communities in the U.S. and around the world,” said the letter sent Monday to Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality.

The letter also called for the Obama administration to undertake a review of coal lease rates on federal lands to determine if they are too low and helping to subsidize coal exports.

See:Taxpayers are subsidizing US coal exports to fuel America's industrial rivals in Asia

So far federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers have been trying to avoid looking at the larger climate issues involved. A united front by forward thinking Pacific Northwest Governors will make federal reluctance to look at the larger climate picture less tenable.

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Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM PDT.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, Koscadia, and Daily Kos Oregon.

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  •  Clean Coal is like Healthy Cancer (12+ / 0-)

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:34:43 AM PDT

  •  thanks for the post! (5+ / 0-)

    Being so involved in the KXL fight, I've been concerned about these projects and the fight with Enbridge by First Nation tribes too. I grew up in CA and we took many trips up the coast to OR & WA so those states are special to me and I shudder to think of the disaster those ports would create to the Northwest and the climate.

  •  My recent letter... (3+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, aliasalias, Creosote the Seattle Times:

    Climate change warrants attention

    Of course State Sen. Don Benton thinks there are more important things “at the moment” than climate change. Of course he’s ready to advocate “little things that add up over time” that may help us address what he charmingly calls the “climate-change situation.” [“Vancouver Republican basking in state Senate majority,” NWMonday, March 18.]

    There will always be more pressing short-term issues than climate change, because even a steadily accelerating greenhouse effect is going to offer consequences on a time scale larger than that of electoral politics. While there is no magic bullet that will fix the burgeoning climate crisis any more than there is a pill to cure lung cancer, this fact simply reinforces Gov. Jay Inslee’s sense of genuine responsibility.

    That the climate “situation” is vastly larger than the problems usually preoccupying our politicians is no reason to dismiss it. There may be more important things at the moment — but climate change is not an issue of the moment, but of the millennium.

    -- Warren Senders, Medford, Mass.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 01:53:58 PM PDT

  •  I don't know (2+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, Creosote

    why the govs didn't write to the Army Corps, who is actually conducting the environmental reviews for those coal docks.

    The Govs could also ask State staff to prepare comments and estimates on global warming for submission to the Corps.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 02:19:11 PM PDT

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