Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wrote a letter to the White House today asking for a study of the climate-change and air-pollution effects of coal leases on federal lands and export of that coal to Asia.
That could put a new obstacle in the way of a series of shipping terminals proposed for Bellingham, Longview and the Oregon coast intended to send coal to Asia. Environmental agencies are already looking into their potential effects, but the two governors want a study of the broader effects of coal burning.
Opponents say the coal will be used regardless of whether it …