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Puget Sound Energy
5:41 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan

President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging plan for action on climate change, announced Tuesday at Georgetown University, includes regulating carbon emissions from existing coal-burning power plants for the first time. In the Pacific Northwest, relatively little coal is used, but one of the region’s biggest coal consumers is sticking with its plans to keep relying on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.

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The Big Earthquake
9:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

McGinn In DC Talking Coal, New Music And The Big Earthquake

The Cadillac Hotel in Seattle suffered severe damage in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. Experts think even bigger quakes could be on the way for the Northwest.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

 McGinn Testifies About Coal Exports In Washington DC
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a panel entitled U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory Market and Legal Barriers to Export." Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington DC testifying. KUOW's Ashley Ahearn reports on the latest.

Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.

Anticipating The Big Northwest  Earthquake
There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region.

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Energy Subcommittee Hearing
8:33 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn speaks out against coal export terminals at a coal export hearing in Seattle in Dec. 2012.
Michael Werner

The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals delivered a setback for environmentalists, telling a congressional panel Tuesday morning that it will not be considering the area-wide effects of transporting coal, or the global impact of burning it in Asia.

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US Department Of Interior Report
1:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming. A new federal report says taxpayers aren't getting the full value of coal mined on public land.
Katie Campbell Earthfix

Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to a new report by the Inspector General at the US Department of Interior.

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Claims Of Clean Water Act Violations
9:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Environmental Groups Sue Railway Alleging Coal Dumping

Ron Eng is a geologist at the Burke Museum. He took a look at samples collected by a diver in the water near Seattle's Ballard Locks. These and other field samples were gathered for a lawsuit against coal companies and a railway.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

A coalition of environmental groups in Washington and Oregon has sued BNSF Railway and several coal companies, alleging trains are dumping coal in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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Turning To Public For Help
7:22 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Crowdfunding Coal Science In Pacific Northwest

Dan Jaffe, UW-Bothell professor, is using crowdfunding to raise money to study how passing coal trains impact air quality.
Katie Campbell Earthfix

Crowdfunding campaigns are popular ways to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects — and now scientific research. As state and federal agencies begin the environmental review process for the largest coal export terminals on the West Coast, some scientists are turning to the public for help with research of their own.

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Diving For Coal
9:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

What’s In The Water Under The Ballard Rail Bridge?

Laura James pulls a piece of black porous rock from the water beneath the railroad bridge in Ballard.
Lamont Granquist

The debate over exporting Wyoming and Montana coal through terminals on the Northwest coast has been heating up in recent months. Those who support exporting coal say the terminals will create thousands of jobs and tax revenue for the state. Opponents have raised concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts of coal. Now, some of them are taking matters into their own hands.

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Environment
12:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Where Do You Stand On The Coal-Terminal Debate?

Dust comes off a coal train in Campbell County, Wyo. The question is, what might coal dust from increased train traffic through the Northwest do to the environment?
EarthFix Photo/Michael Werner

Environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn has been covering the different sides of the coal debate over the last year and today on The Conversation we want to hear what you think. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashley Ahearn to parse out the arguments for and against the proposed coal terminals in Washington, and takes listener calls. 

Coal Export Terminals
9:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Coal Dust’s Environmental Impacts In Pacific Northwest

A coal train travels along Puget Sound.
Katie Campbell

There are five proposed coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon. They would be built to transfer coal off of trains from Wyoming and Montana mines and on to ships bound for Asia. Some coal dust will escape along the journey from mines to terminals. In the second part of our series, Ashley Ahearn looks at the environmental impacts of coal dust.

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Coal Dust Impacts
7:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health In Pacific Northwest

The Westshore Terminal near Vancouver, B.C. handles about 30 million tons of coal per year, loading it onto ships for export. Westshore spent $7 million upgrading pumps, rain guns and misting devices around the site used to dampen and control coal dust.
Katie Campbell

With five coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon, Northwest residents are grappling for the first time with issues that are old hat in coal states like West Virginia and Kentucky. One of those issues: coal dust. How much of it will escape along the journey from mines in Wyoming and Montana to proposed export terminals on the West Coast? And what might that dust mean for public health?

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Winning The White House In 2016

White House.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ivan Makarov

In an interview with Fox News earlier this week, Mitt Romney said that failing to reach minority voters was his biggest mistake of the 2012 campaign. What will it take to win the next election? UW Professor David Domke says winning over voters in so-called "carve-out states" — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will be one key to victory. He joins us with rules of the road for winning the White House in 2016.

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Coal Ports
9:07 am
Fri February 1, 2013

New Poll: Coal Exports Winning Support In Washington

A new poll suggestions Washington residents are leaning in favor of export terminals in the Longview and Bellingham areas. If built, these facilities could be the destinations for trains like this one hauling coal out of a mine in Wyoming
Katie Campbell Earthfix

Washington’s coal export terminal proposals are winning the battle for public opinion, a new survey finds. It shows half the state’s residents supporting coal exports and one-third opposed — but the results are nuanced.

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Crude-By-Rail
8:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:19 pm

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C. and on the lower Columbia River.

There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. The response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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Energy Independence
12:20 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest

Energy expert Amory Lovins says the United States can replace all oil and coal by the year 2050, without nuclear power, new federal taxes or subsidies, or new inventions. At the same time, we can grow the US economy by 158 percent.

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Coal Port Hearing
7:18 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Strong Opposition In Seattle For Gateway Pacific Terminal

Opponents of plans to build coal export terminals in the Northwest waved their signs in support of comments made at the coal export hearing in Seattle.
Michael Werner

More than 2,000 people showed up Thursday to tell regulators what they think should be considered in the environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash. If built, it could be the largest such facility on the West Coast.

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