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IEEFA Analysis: If Utah Commits to Proposed $53 Million Oakland Port Subsidy, It’s Buying a Pig in a Poke

Could There Be a Worse Time to Invest in Deteriorating Coal Markets?

A bill being seriously considered by the Utah State Legislature this week seeks in essence to finance a backdoor subsidy for a coal export terminal in California whose construction could well leave Utah taxpayers on the hook for a highly questionable and highly speculative $53 million out-of-state subsidy. The proposed law, which exists now as SB0246, is […]

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Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Red Flags in a Global Downturn, a Struggling Coal Producer and a State Guarantee

We’re presenting testimony to the Oakland City Council today that questions the wisdom of a proposal to expand the Port of Oakland’s coal-export capacity at the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment project. The deal being considered raises several red flags. First, the developer is taking a major financial risk by relying so much on coal in […]

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Utah’s Oakland Coal-Export Folly Sunk by Community Opposition and Market Forces 



Bell Tolls for a Controversial Proposal That Created Political Fanfare in Two States

A sketchy deal that would have led to construction of a new seaside terminal in Oakland, California, to export coal from Utah—the focus of great political fanfare in both states just a year ago—looks like it’s now dead for good. Public opposition to the project, and exposure of political machinations that didn’t pass the smell […]

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California Bars State Money From Going to Coal-Export Terminals

Anne C. Mulkern for E&E: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Friday aimed at cutting coal exports from the Golden State. It blocks the California Transportation Commission from giving state funds to any new transport terminal “that stores, handles, or transports coal in bulk.” “Action on multiple fronts will be needed to transition […]

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California Senate Moves to Ensure Ban on Coal-Export Terminal

Richard Kuykendall for SNL: The California State Senate approved a bill that would halt future state funding for export projects that would allow coal to be shipped or exported through California. State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, introduced the bill in reaction to a proposed development project in Oakland that would export up to 10 million […]

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Utah Counties Drop Bid to Put $53 Million in Public Funds Into California Coal-Export Project

Lee Davidson for the Salt Lake Tribune: Four rural Utah counties on Thursday withdrew their application to invest $53 million of public money in an Oakland, Calif., deep-water port —­ a project they’ve seen as a way to open up new export markets for Utah coal. The move appears more technical than a sign they’ve […]

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Of Seven New U.S. Coal-Export Terminals Planned in the Past Five Years, None Has Opened

Timothy Puko and Erica E. Phillips for the Wall Street Journal: Western coal producers once saw exports to Asia as their future. For many, that dream is fading. A global glut has flooded overseas markets that were once expected to buy coal produced along a belt stretching from Utah to Montana that includes the Powder […]

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Editorial: A Better Way to Spend Utah Tax Dollars

A vote of the Oakland City Council to bar shipments of coal through the city on the way to port has virtually derailed plans to market millions of tons of Utah coal to potential overseas customers. At the same time, Rocky Mountain Power, long a champion of coal-fired electricity, is now pushing programs to offer […]

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Oakland Council Blocks Utah Coal Port Scheme

Rachel Swan for the San Francisco Chronicle: The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday to block the handling and storage of coal in Oakland, effectively halting a developer’s controversial plan to ship coal from the port. Hundreds of people crowded City Hall — and demonstrated outside — as seven council members weighed the proposal by […]

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‘Ethical and Political Red Flags’ in Utah-California Coal-Export Deal

From the Associated Press: Groups are calling for a federal investigation into Utah’s plans to invest $53 million in a proposed expansion of a California port to export coal to Asia. The funds from federal mineral royalties are intended for local public works projects, but would instead be loaned to four counties for the proposed […]

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Why Utah’s Coal Port Investment in Oakland Is So Suspect

A Backdoor Tax Increase Absent Normal Oversight 


This week we signed onto a letter asking for a federal review of the odd transaction that diverts $53 million in Utah taxpayer dollars to a port expansion 730 miles away in California. It’s a letter well worth expounding on. Here goes. While environmentalists are opposed to the project for its climate-change and pollution effects, […]

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Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidy

From KSL News (Salt Lake City): Environmental groups and other organizations sent a letter Monday asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other high-ranking federal officials to investigate a $53 million investment in a proposed coal shipping terminal in Oakland, California. The letter was written on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers […]

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