From the cradle to the grave, coal is a risky business. Each stage in the life cycle of coal–extraction, transportation and combustion–presents increasing health, environmental,reputational, legislative and financial risks.
New research from Rainforest Action Network exposes some of the dirtiest coal projects in the United States. These case studies lay out the ‘hidden’ costs of the country's coal addiction. From the oldest, most toxic coal-fired power plants in the country, to the new push for coal export terminals along the west coast, these case studies show the current and changing face of coal.
The cases focus on three dominant types of coal projects: aging coal-fired power plants that will either be facing retrofits or be pulled offline in the coming years; mountaintop removal coal mining, which has become so controversial that the practice has been in sharp decline; and coal export terminals, a growing trend across the Pacific Northwest, which are geared to expand coal markets in Asia.