Fossil fuels

  • by Ross Macfarlane on February 19, 2013
    There’s an old joke that explains the difference between being “involved” and being “committed.”  Think of a ham and eggs breakfast. The hen is involved, the pig is committed. Recent developments make clear that Cloud Peak Energy is fully committed to coal exports from Washington terminals. Read more
  • by Ross Macfarlane on February 14, 2013
    A new Sightline report details huge financial risks for Australian coal export startup. Read more
  • by Ross Macfarlane on November 7, 2012
    A new expert report warns that the dramatic increases in coal train traffic from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal may severely damage property values along the proposed route Read more
  • by Ross Macfarlane on September 19, 2012
    The following, an excerpt of an open letter to BNSF CEO Matthew Rose, was published in Sustainable Business Oregon. We wanted to thank you for recently visiting the Northwest. We’re sorry that we didn’t have a chance to chat about the subject that brought you to our region: coal export. Read more
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    Decatur, IL 2008

    by Kimberly Larson on June 23, 2012
    Two dangerous coal export incidents last week, one in Virginia and one in B.C., remind us not only that the proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest are very risky for rail-line communities and those close to the terminals, but also that coal is a very different commodity from other bulk exports. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on January 25, 2011
    Climate Solutions launched the New Energy Cities program in 2009 to galvanize local elected officials to drive adoption of clean energy technologies that will reduce carbon emissions, save money on energy use, and create jobs. We aim to prove the promise of the clean energy economy in small- to medium-sized cities throughout the Northwest. The benefits that we see for communities to embrace the new energy future include: Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on November 13, 2007
    The take-off of the biofuels industry over recent years has settled the question of whether biofuels could gain traction in a market dominated by petroleum giants.  A combination of favorable public policies and ballooning oil prices has given biofuels a strong foothold which will almost certainly grow over coming years.  Now the key questions center on what kind of biofuels industry will develop, and whether it will deliver on its promises for climate, rural development and energy security. Read more