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The Oregon Department of State Lands' denial Monday of Ambre Energy's proposal to build a dock to help transport up to 8.8 million tons of coal for export dealt a blow to the industry — there are two other proposed terminals in Washington, though many consider that state's evaultaion process more stringent. Oregon denied the Australian company's permit application for the project, known as Morrow Pacific, because it said creating the dock would harm fisheries vital for local tribes.
Karen Harbert, president of the Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the similarities in the battles over coal exports and the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, for example, were clear.

Energy officials throughout the country are working to educate voters on the impact the industry has on jobs and gross domestic product.

“The polar vortex last winter demonstrated the value of America’s diverse electricity portfolio,” said Heath Knakmuhs, senior director of policy at the U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute. “The colder temperatures in some parts of the country stretched natural gas demand, and utilities turned to coal to provide power. While increasing natural gas production is a very good thing for our economy and our security, it should not be at the expense of other sources,” Knakmuhs added.

A coalition of top business groups expressed rising concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants, demanding more time Tuesday to respond and eyeing a legal battle against the Obama administration if necessary.

Industry groups are pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to resume and complete the final review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that his department halted earlier this year.