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The GeoPolitics of energy

February 13, 2017

The Tri-City Herald, Dr. James Conca, February 12th, 2017 If you think we’ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production worldwide, you would be mistaken. While coal use in America and Europe has decreased because of cheap natural gas, coal use worldwide is still increasing. Oil has also […]

The World Is Burning More Coal Than Ever

December 13, 2016

The Daily Caller, Michael Bastasch, December 12, 2016 Global coal use may be slowing down due to global warming regulations, but the world is still using more coal than ever before, according to a report by an international energy agency. Politicians and environmentalists around the world heralded the ratification of the Paris climate agreement this […]

The ‘War On Coal’ Unexpectedly Hits A Washington Town Struggling To Get By

September 6, 2016

The Daily Caller, Joseph Hammond, August 31st, 2016 LONGVIEW, Wash. — In the morning, the industrial site nestled along the Columbia River is eerily quiet. Lori Black is one of the first employees to arrive most days. She knows the site well, has worked there for 12 years. Five years ago, Millennium Bulk Terminals acquired […]

GE Wants to Bring More Life to Coal

August 23, 2016

The Wall Street Journal, Ted Mann, August 17th, 2016 General Electric Co. has stopped trying to write coal’s obituary. The conglomerate—one of the world’s biggest suppliers of power-plant equipment—for years played down coal’s future as challenged by environmental and cost issues. Instead, it has promoted natural gas as the fuel of the future. But a […]

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Rail Safety the Focus of Spokane Radio Program

March 21, 2017

Courtney Wallace, regional director of public affairs for BNSF Railway, recently spoke with Mike Fitzsimmons on his popular 920 Newscope show on KXLY Radio in Spokane. Wallace and Fitzsimmons spent the hour discussing trains carrying coal through Spokane, with an emphasis on ways that BNSF railway is working to improve rail safety. As Wallace said […]

Millennium Enters Sixth Year Of Permitting Wait

March 10, 2017

Blow out the candles. February 2017 is now behind us, and the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project has officially been awaiting permitting for five full years. At this point, Washington is at a crossroads. Regulators have a choice – stop the delays on Millennium’s project and be remembered for ushering in a period of economic […]

Millennium’s Project Is Bigger than Washington

January 20, 2017

Supporters of the Millennium Bulk Terminals project have anticipated that 2017 will be the beginning of the end in the state and federal approval process for the company’s proposed export facility. But as we have come to expect with this project, there will always be those who try to push political agendas at the expense […]

Maritime Expert Calls For Emphasis On Infrastructure In 2017

January 13, 2017

In a recent op-ed in The Hill, Dave Matsuda, a former U.S. Maritime Administrator under the Obama administration, calls for bipartisan cooperation to increase infrastructure investment under the new administration. For Washington, he says, momentum created by President-elect Trump’s promised commitment to infrastructure investing is a great opportunity to address regulatory and policy issues around […]

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The Alliance For Northwest Jobs & Exports Statement on BNSF Legal Settlement

November 15, 2016

SEATTLE – The Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports released the following statement today after BNSF railroad reached a settlement with several environmental groups that brought unfounded and outrageous litigation against the company: Alliance spokeswoman Mariana Parks said: “Today’s settlement agreement by BNSF in the outrageous $4.6 trillion litigation brought by overzealous environmental groups underscores what […]

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports Responds to the Release of Federal EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 For More Information Please Contact: Kathryn Stenger 425.773.1622 [email protected] Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports Responds to the Release of Federal EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its long awaited draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview […]

Public outcry forces Whatcom Council to slow down

July 13, 2016

July 12, 2016 CONTACT: Kathryn Stenger Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports 425.773.1622 or [email protected] Changes to comp plan limiting Cherry Point to receive full public process BELLINGHAM — After continued discussion, the Whatcom County Council today wisely decided not to make wholesale changes to the comprehensive plan introduced by Councilman Carl Weimer, opting instead […]

Whatcom County Considering Misguided Proposal Prohibiting Development at Cherry Point

July 5, 2016

SEATTLE – A proposal currently under consideration in Whatcom County could prohibit new development at the Cherry Point Industrial Site, overstepping due process rights and property rights and ultimately jeopardizing hundreds of family-wage jobs. Kathryn Stenger, spokeswoman for the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports, released the following statement today following Tuesday’s Whatcom County Council […]