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Uptick in U.S. Coal Exports Leaves Industry Still Well Short of Previous Prosperity
While U.S. coal producers are celebrating a recent uptick in exports, the change is likely to be temporary as buyers in Asia adopt new energy policies, and the improvement is relative: “Exports this year will still be roughly 37 million tons below what they were in 2012, when they peaked at 126 million tons.”
Fact Check: West Virginia’s China Coal Exports
Assertions by President Trump that more “clean coal” is being exported from West Virginia to China as a result of his policies are not supported by fact: “Trump's claim is based on some factual information, namely that coal exports to China have increased in 2017. But his claims of coal cleanliness, his taking of credit and his suggestion that things are changing in West Virginia just don't hold up.”
Update: Last of Six Proposed West Coast Coal-Export Terminals Is Abandoned
Since 2010, six new coal-export terminals have been proposed for shipment of coal from Montana and Wyoming to overseas markets. Five were abandoned for an assortment of regulatory and economic reasons. Now the sixth has been dropped.