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LibCom, LibCom.org, May 21, 2014

Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal describes the atmosphere in Turkey, following Soma mining disaster.

Can you describe the general atmosphere in Turkey at the moment? Where do you see the protests going from here? Any predictions for what the summer might hold?

The protests are going on. I just came from one of them. Remarkably the cops didn't attack us this time around.

Dom O'Dwyer, May 19, 2014

For anyone who sees themselves as more progressive than Nigel Farage, life under the new Australian government hasn't been very exciting – but over the last few weeks we have seen what could be one of the great political shifts in the country’s history. 

Chris Williams , May 19, 2014

Think about the last time you got to the top of a mountain one mile high. Now think about descending that distance below the surface of the earth, foot by dark foot, far below all life, light or oxygen. You go down there to dig.

What you’re digging for, deep in the hot, fetid, bowels of the earth, is carbonized life forms, millions of years in the making, turned to a type of rock that ignites and burns; one that your prime minister and energy analysts tell you will help the economic future of your country.

Clark Williams-Derry, Sightline Daily, May 9, 2014

Introductory note by Vancouver Ecosocialists: Much of the planned expansion of coal exports from the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert  is the therrmal coal that is strip mined in Wyoming. The following article looks at the dim commercial prospects for therrmal coal.

Roger Annis, VESG, April 20, 2014

"Oil, tar sands, coal, natural gas: What's behind the expansion drive of Canada's and North America's fossil fuel industries?" Presented at UCSB on April 11th, 2014

David Riordan, New York Times, February 14, 2014

EASTSOUND, Wash. — FROM where I live on Orcas Island in Puget Sound, north of Seattle, I can see Cherry Point across the wind-whipped waters of the Salish Sea. This sandy promontory jutting into Georgia Strait has become the focus of heated debate here in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Public Broadcasting and Vancouver Sun, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Vancouver Sun, February 13, 2014

Regulators in Washington state have decided to undertake a sweeping environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River at Longview. The Millennium Bulk Terminals proposal would see construction of a port capable of handling 44 million tons of thermal coal mined in Wyoming and Montana and transported to the coast by rail. That would make it the largest single coal export terminal in North America.

John Nicol and Dave Seglins, CBC News, February 9, 2014

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt reacted strongly and swiftly to a CBC story Wednesday [Feb 5] that detailed how Canada’s rail freight companies had asked to remove a requirement for inspection on dangerous goods railcars a month prior to the tragedy at Lac-Mégantic, Que…

Kevin Washbrook, The Tyee, February 6, 2014
occupy.com

Declining domestic demand (due to cheaper natural gas and stiffer regulations) and heavy opposition to coal exports on the U.S. West Coast have increased pressure to export American thermal coal through Metro Vancouver ports. Those proposals have faced stiff opposition north of the border too -- but not from some unions. Recently the ILWU, U.S.W, IUOE and the BC Building Trades co-authored an op-ed that was critical of Metro Vancouver community, local government and health authority concerns about potential risks posed by plans to export up to eight million tonnes per year of U.S.

Derek Corrigan, Burnaby Mayor, January 26, 2014
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

The mayor of the Vancouver region municipality of Burnaby speaks out against the environmental review process of the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal export terminal.--website editors

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