As “Future of an Industry and a Tribe Hinges on a Coal Export Battle” (“The Energy Rush” series, front page, June 15) points out, the huge Montana coal deposits owned by the Crow Nation contain exactly the kind of high-quality coal that Asian markets demand. Earnings from the potential export of coal, you note, is the difference between just getting by and prospering for the Crow Nation.
Benefits of coal exports extend much further, providing millions of dollars of income to the families of those who extract the coal, move it along American railways and work in American shipping ports.
Coal has always meant jobs and affordable energy. In today’s economy, we cannot afford to let either asset slip away simply because opponents of coal refuse to recognize exponential gains in creating cleaner, more efficient coal-fueled generation facilities.
Export markets represent the chance to revive local economies. Those who have little invested in these economies should not deny American workers that opportunity.
President and Chief Executive
National Mining Association
Washington, June 17, 2013