A recent post here referenced the efforts of various activist groups’ and west-coast state and local governments—purportedly aimed at stopping foreign nations’ contribution to climate change—to create a “thin green line” against the export of coal and other fossil fuels. As outlined in that post, Washington State officials refused to issue Lighthouse Resources several environmental certifications and permits needed for construction of an export terminal from which Montana- and Wyoming-mined coal would be shipped to customers in Asia. A federal judge recently held that a lawsuit alleging that Washington’s interference with the terminal violated the U.S. Constitution could proceed.
But the effort to impede fossil fuel transportation is not limited to Washington. After contracting with a developer to convert an old military base into a bulk cargo shipping center—the Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal (OBOT)—in 2016 the City of Oakland attempted to freeze the development because it learned that the center would primarily be used to facilitate the shipment of coal and other fossil fuels. Continue reading “Contract Dispute Cracks the “Thin Green Line” Activists Are Drawing to Stop U.S. Fossil Fuel Exports”