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Montana Standard - Barrasso: America’s Energy Future Must Include Coal and Gas

America’s Energy Future Must Include Coal and Gas Montana Standard By: Sen. John Barrasso, M.D. In Montana and in my home state of Wyoming we know how important coal is to growing America’s economy. Coal provides affordable, reliable energy and good jobs. President Obama and other Democrats in Washington should embrace this American energy source and look for ways to expand its production. Instead, they have been trying to shut down America’s coal industry. Our coal exports have soared over the past decade. To meet growing demand worldwide for U.S. coal, there are plans to build five new port facilities in Washington and Oregon. American companies would ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming through those ports to Asia. Like other construction projects, the new facilities will pass through a rigorous environmental review process. The Obama EPA has proposed an aggressive new plan in which the reviews will grow even more burdensome and... Read More