President-elect, Donald Trump, riding a wave of support from the industrial mid-West, and a network of coal-to-win-producing States, the White house, after he promised miners back to work in an industry that has shed 200,000 jobs since 1980.
But in order to fulfil the pledge need Trump, in a blue wall.
West Coast States, dominated by Democrats in elected positions, as well as the Supervisory authorities have rejected any port project, aimed at millions of tons of U.S. coal to markets in Asia.
The last Blockade took place Jan. 3, when outgoing Washington State Commissioner Peter Goldmark, a sub-lease to Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington.denied Lands
“It’s disappointing,” said Millennium CEO Bill Chapman. “You want to be an elected official, the needs of the whole state into account.”
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Chapman says the terminal would create 1,000 construction jobs and 300 plan.
Federal agencies, together with the Supervisory authorities in Oregon and Washington, below the four-port projects over the last five years. Two other port proposals have been scrapped by developers over the protests of environmental groups. The projects were planned, the route from Bellingham, Wash., on Coos Bay, Oregon. Some were planned, for points along the Columbia River.
The ports should revive, a coal-industry has seen that the domestic use on the decline for decades.
Cheap natural gas, environmental regulations, and a steady stream of U.S. coal-plant closures have made, export, coal is fundamental to all of the comeback. Foreign sales reached in 2012, China’s economy has slowed down, but there is a lack of West coast coal ports has contributed to the problem.
Environmentalists say they represent a thin green line in the Pacific Northwest, the stand and the coal industry.
“If we allow that these projects forward, we effect not only a local, you would release globally significant quantities in the air,” said Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper. “So, it is the health of the fisheries is threatened here in the Columbia River, but it is a threat to the health of the climate in the long haul.”
With a trump administration, though, some see a showdown brewing. The President-elect – select, order the execution of the Interior Department, is a staunch supporter of the coal industry, which comes from a coal-producing state. Republican Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke criticized the port rejections by state and Federal regulatory authorities.
Others see room for a legal challenge of the Commerce clause to call.
“These ports are for the West of the United States and the landlocked States, which want to be able to export products overseas need to access to these ports,” said Rob McKenna, a former Republican attorney general in Washington state. “I think it raises real constitutional issues if States systematically try you, deny you access to these ports.”
The Congress could be subject to a law, the treatment of ports, much in the way of Railways. Under current law, States are not allowed to trains, just because you don’t like the product, you just drag.
Dan Springer Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in August 2001 as a Seattle-based correspondent.