Coal Export: The Greenhouse Gas Impact of Exporting Coal from the West Coast

Allison Roberts

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Create DateNovember 11, 2011
Last UpdatedSeptember 24, 2015

Proponents of the coal export terminals claim that opening up the West Coast to the export of Powder River Basin coal will only change the source of the coal burned in Asia—not the total amount. This white paper explains why these arguments are incorrect, and inconsistent with both the basic principles of economics as well as the abundant literature regarding energy use and consumption patterns in Asia.