Washington state blamed for holding up fossil fuel exports


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers from Western states and industry executives on Thursday accused Washington state officials of unfairly blocking fossil fuel projects and dictating winners and losers among U.S. companies seeking to export products to Asia.

Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana and others singled out Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, for blocking increased coal exports from Wyoming and Montana, the nation's top coal-producing region.

U.S. coal mining contracted sharply over the past decade as natural gas and renewables captured a larger share of the elect...

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