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The Local and World-Wide Impact of Mining Alaska's Coal

Alaska is known for its pristine wilderness, indigenous cultures, abundant wildlife, and prolific salmon streams, but it also holds a little known secret: As much as one-eighth of all of the coal on Earth, an estimated 5.5 trillion tons, lies under the surface of The Last Frontier.1 With demand from Asian markets driving eight proposed coal mining projects in Alaska, the coal industry has the state in its sights-and the global climate would be imperiled if these export projects become a reality.

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