"Three years ago, coal was hot. Stoked by insatiable coal-fired Chinese power plants, international demand boomed. Prices soared. Phones rang frequently at Oregon and Washington ports. On the other end? Eager investors hoping to snatch up land to build export terminals to quench Asian demand. How things have changed."
"Today, coal prices have slumped. Exports have shrunk. Three coal terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest have been abandoned. And industry analysts say the three that remain look precarious."