Targeted coal campaign across the country targeting the #1 offender – coal.
Post Loss at the federal level – Climate movement landed on fossil fuel infrastructure resistance
With Markets shrinking, these two campaign collided
Beth Slide 3:
The Thin Green Line History of Coal Entrance of Oil
Quick personal story. River I love. Catch and eat salmon, play with kids What’s at stake? Communties threatened by coal trains Coal is toxic, mercury, lead, arsenic
3. Impact local business and quality of life - Human health, asthma
How did we decide what to work on? How to narrow focus of campaign?
Coal companies want to open up Pacific Northwest ports so that they can supply American coal to Asia. Current plans call for shipping more than 100 million tons of coal each year, roughly 20 times as much as Washington’s only coal plant burns. That would make us one of the largest coal export communities in the world. There are currently, 5 proposals to transport coal on rail lines from Spokane down to the Columbia River up I-5. This would amount to more than 150 million tons of coal passing through our towns and cities each year.
The thin green line
The Thin Green Line
Resistance and Solutions
Grays Harbor (Rail America) – 5 MTPA
Coos Bay (Mitsui, Metro Ports) – 10 MTPA
St. Helens (Kinder Morgan) – 15 – 30 MTPA
Port of Morrow (Ambe)- 9 MTPA