Keep Coal Out of the NW 11 13 11

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Keep Coal Out of the Northwest! A Teach In/Strategy Session

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  • Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011
  • Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Tabor Space, Muir Hall 5441 Southeast Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215
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Purpose

Sponsored by Portland Rising Tide

As the market for coal in the US falls, Big Coal threatens to open the Northwest as a gateway for coal export.

  • The town of Longview, WA, 60 miles north of Portland, is facing a proposal from Millennium Bulk Logistics (a subsidiary of Big Coal giants Ambre Energy and Arch Coal) to become the second largest coal export terminal in the world, exporting up to 80 million tons of coal annually.
  • Boardman, St. Helen’s and Coos Bay, OR as well as Bellingham, WA are all at some stage of talks with Big Coal companies.

Coal is the most carbon intensive fuel on the market and responsible for 80% of global warming emissions in the US.Coal companies have destroyed the American landscape through dangerous mining practices and labor violations.

Each of the open air coal cars on the mile long trains headed to the export terminals would release 500 pounds of coal into the air, land and water during transit. Current export proposals would require up to 50 coal trains each day coming from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.

Come enjoy coffee and snacks with Portland Rising Tide as we discuss these and other dirty tricks that Big Coal has in store for us. Share your vision for a coal-free existence and strategize with us on how we can stand up to dirty energy and keep coal out of the Northwest!

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