June 19 News: U.S. Coal Exports Just Set A New Monthly Record

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review based on U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Monthly Report EM 545.

United States coal exports set a new record in March, driven largely by increased demand from Asia. [EIA]

Coal exports from the United States in March 2013 totaled 13.6 million short tons, nearly 0.9 million short tons above the previous monthly export peak in June 2012. EIA is projecting a third straight year of more than 100 million short tons of coal exports in 2013, following annual exports in 2011 of 107.3 million short tons and record annual exports in 2012 of 125.7 million short tons.

Los Angeles will likely soon become the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic bags. [Huffington Post]

Climate change will hit the world’s poor the hardest, trapping millions in poverty, the World Bank says. [Guardian]

A record-breaking heat wave in Alaska has sent temperatures soaring past 90 degrees, just months after the state endured a historically cold spring. [NBC News]

The Obama administration is trying to determine the social cost of carbon, an effort that includes attempting to quantity effects such as sea level rise, species extinction, changes in crop yields and frequency of storms. [New York Times]

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday on the “proof” behind anthropogenic climate change [Politico]

More than 200 counties in Texas are still in a state of drought emergency [CNN]

An “extreme” wildfire in Arizona burned through 5,000 acres in just seven hours yesterday, aided by high temperatures and strong winds. [NBC News]

Air pollution in Singapore has reached a 15-year high, due to illegal forest burning in Indonesia [Guardian]

House Republican Dana Rohrabacher is taking issue with the term “climate denier,” saying the only other time the word is used in politics is when referring to Holocaust deniers. [The Hill]

Climate change is a major threat to migratory birds and is likely to cause declines and extinctions in many species, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. [Miami Herald]

Environmental groups and 10 states and cities have announced they will delay legal action against the EPA until the White House releases its climate change policy. [Reuters]

23 Responses to June 19 News: U.S. Coal Exports Just Set A New Monthly Record

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Japan’s Automated Underground Bike Storage

  2. prokaryotes says:

    I didn’t count them but he said 4-6 quotes on climate and clean energy. Though the media seems to ignore them.

  3. Will Fox says:

    Sorry to say this – but it’s getting to the stage where I’ve pretty much given up on the whole climate change issue. The denialists and their propaganda machine are just too strong. Everywhere I go on the Internet, it’s the same – utter ignorance and/or complacency. People are just obsessed with “growth” and GDP, to the exclusion of all else. A small donation from the wealthy elite of perhaps 1% from their vast fortunes could probably solve the climate problem overnight. It really beggars belief that the system is so obscenely skewed in their favour. It’s just surreal… bizarre. Why do we tolerate such a morally repugnant system?

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Maybe some people decided that climate change is an opportunity….

  5. Lou Grinzo says:

    “Why do we tolerate such a morally repugnant system?”

    The simple, but toxic, answer is that doing what’s needed to fight the well funded, highly organized deniers is beyond the capabilities of the environmental movement, as it currently exists. We are pathetically disorganized and far too many of us refuse to do the right things, like educate ourselves. I know people who are, to outward appearances, deeply devoted enviros who thing climate change is the biggest single problem humanity faces (and I agree), who have no bloody clue about the basic facts that sites like this one talk about all the time. I know such people who have no idea who James Hansen, Michael Mann, and others, are, who still think we can cut our CO2 emissions and see a near-instant drop in the atmospheric level and warming, etc.

    If I were the CEO of a big fossil fuel company, environmentalists would be my favorite people in the world, simply because I wouldn’t have to spend a cent of my money or a second of my time to neutralize them — they do it for me by refusing to do the hard work of outreach, self-education, and joining forces with others of largely (if not completely identical) world views. In other words, they’re faux activists who are more interested in emoting and making themselves feel good through displacement activities (Google it) than achieving results. We need environmentalists who are every bit as ruthless and tireless as are the coal, oil, and natural gas companies.

  6. Bob Maginnis says:

    A lot of the coal is from our public lands, and we are only getting something like $2 per ton for the unmined coal. Our US natural capital is going up in smoke in China.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Thanks for pointing this out, someone else posted it as news. and i did not checked the date :/

  8. Mike Roddy says:

    Nice comment, Lou. I’m glad you’re in this world.

  9. Joan Savage says:

    Thanks, Lou. I second Mike Roddy’s comment.

    I also thank you for affirmation of a particular problem.

    I’m recovering from a recent interchange with someone who fits your description of those “who have no bloody clue about the basic facts.” He fights the good fight against fracking and GMOs, but in his ignorance about climate change, he proved susceptible to the ‘doubt’ position generated by the disinformation mill.

    I believe doubter is a more apt term to denier, with a big nod to Oreskes.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet. The effort to slow climate change requires bold action. And on this, Germany and Europe have led.

    In the United States, we have recently doubled our renewable energy from clean sources like wind and solar power. We’re doubling fuel efficiency on our cars. Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down. But we know we have to do more – and we will do more. (Applause.)

    With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some. For the grim alternative affects all nations – more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert. This is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work. (Applause.)

  11. Brooks Bridges says:

    You are dead on so much. But

    I keep bringing up – the only game in town in the US right now for civil disobedience (that I know of) but if not even the people on this site seem interested, S1 wins.

    WE, the readers of this blog have to start putting our feet where our mouths are people. Readers here ARE the environmentalists you speak of Lou – should be the best informed. The Arctic is all but gone, Methane out-gassing is increasing – what does it take for us to realize our world is going to be toast soon and it really doesn’t matter if our 401K is not doing well. IT will be toast soon anyway.

    Maybe all readers here are active but if so they’re very quiet – the silence about action has been deafening. I hear “Obama should”, the scientists should, etc.

    Forget the Alamo, remember Pogo

  12. Superman1 says:

    ” We need environmentalists who are every bit as ruthless and tireless as are the coal, oil, and natural gas companies”. What we need are seven billion people on this planet who will spend their waking hours doing whatever is necessary to save the biosphere. What we have are 6.99 billion who are willing to sacrifice the future of civilization for self-indulgence in the here and now. How do we get from here to there?

  13. David Goldstein says:

    Does anybody else see the following as a possibility?: At some point, let’s say about 2027, things will have finally gotten to the point where our collective human survival mechanisms will be triggered and our capacity for resolve, creativity and innovation will turn toward actually addressing the climate situation in earnest. Okay- playing out this scenario- at whatever point and time this happens, things will have clearly gotten pretty bad (since, it is also clear that only much worse conditions will actually prod us to take action)- and so it will likely be an incredible spectacle as we mobilize… I can see huge scale geo-engineering including sulfate ‘bombs’ and speedily deployed orbiting space mirrors! Wowza- Buckaroo Bonzai, Star Wars and Day After Tomorrow all rolled into one. Meanwhile, climate refugees will be running amok and the usual cast of sociopaths will be figuring out how to profit on it all. Hope I’m alive to partake in the madness!

  14. Merrelyn Emery says:

    He didn’t exactly get ‘rapturous applause’. One journo said the magic had worn off, ME

  15. BobbyL says:

    I doubt if there will ever be such a defining moment. I would expect incremental actions from now until 6C that will always fall short of being adequate. People being born into the world will have a hard time believing the climate was much different than what they are experiencing. The extreme weather will feel like the norm to them.

  16. Sasparilla says:

    “Temps are at 33 degree today”

    That’s about 91.5 degrees Fahrenheit for the folks thinking it must be freezing in Berlin today. ;-)

  17. Sasparilla says:

    Nice to hear that….

  18. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Bobby, are you kidding? People all over the world are waking up to the accelerating rate of disasters. And that’s not to mention that very soon over there people are going to be screaming about food prices and the water running out, ME