A Win for Coal Exports, American Jobs
This won’t go over well with Liberals. They’ll want to protect the planet from the “evil” coal.
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The Obama Administration has imposed a laundry list of new regulations on the coal industry, making it increasingly difficult to mine coal and to build and operate coal-fired power plants, which are critical to providing Americans with affordable electricity. Although the President continued his attack on coal in his recent climate speech, one bright spot for the coal industry is that exports continue to climb, creating jobs and wealth in the process. While some politicians, the Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental activists want to make exporting coal more difficult, the Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agency in permitting coal-export facilities, has refused to block construction of export terminals in Oregon and Washington.
Jennifer Moyer, Acting Chief of the Regulatory Program for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that in accordance with the law the Corps would conduct only the environmental review and permit process for each export terminal, not the regional or cumulative environmental review of export facilities in the Northwest as sought by environmental activists and some politicians. They wanted the Corps to measure the environmental and climate effects of the coal mining, transportation, export facility, and use in a foreign country. Moyer rightly told the subcommittee that such a wide-ranging review was outside the Corps’ authority, noting: “The scope of our analysis with respect to these proposals is defined by law and regulation.”