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Op-Ed: Coal exports would help our struggling economy - The Oregonian

Sep 7th, 2012

Like the rest of the nation, the Northwest continues to struggle with a sluggish economy and nagging unemployment. But one area -- exports -- is a bright spot. That's a good thing, because at least one in four Northwest jobs is trade-dependent.

The Northwest trade economy is unique because of how much we export versus import. Every day, dozens of American-grown and American-made commodities and products make their way through ports in Washington and Oregon. They arrive by train, truck and barge, and are shipped to our trading partners in Asia and around the globe. In 2010, President Obama, recognizing the critical role exports can play in driving the nation's economic recovery, promised to double U.S. exports over the next five years, which he said could create 2 million jobs.

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