Concerned with coal competition


An advertisement in July 7's Denver Post, page A4, from the Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, having already "invested US $25 billion and completed 56 major projects" as "the world's largest seaborne coking coal supplier with six operational mine sites, a further two Greenfield mines under construction and a coal loading port located in Central Queensland," announces late-July job interviews in Colorado and Wyoming for "experienced coal mining managers."

My translation: an up-and-running Australian-Japanese consortium (with earlier and in many ways easier access to China than "ours") is mining a North American energy sector heartland for people who will strengthen its western Pacific Rim enterprise.

My question to locals: what does this data mean as we calculate "our" prospects, including "our" consortium's highly touted job creation, and as we weigh environmental as well as economic impacts, along the supply and transport routes and more globally?

Milt Krieger


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