Coal companies are proposing to export 9 million tons of coal each year barging it on the Columbia River from the Port of Morrow to the Port of St. Helens and then shipping it to Asia. Governer Kitzhaber has the power to stop Oregon from becoming a dirty coal chute for Asian power plants. Today, we can speak up and raise our concerns for all the ways coal export would impact our communities, economy, and environment. Your voice matters and makes a difference!
Why is coal export a bad idea?
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, by far. Across the country, Americans are turning to cleaner energy and phasing out coal power. Because of that, the coal industry has come up with a new plan: strip-mine coal in Montana and Wyoming, transport it on long coal trains through Northwest cities and towns, ship it on massive cargo ships off the West Coast, and sell it to overseas.
Coal companies currently have three proposals to export coal out of Oregon and Washington communities, which would add up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year. Shipping up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year through West Coast would clog our railroads, ports, and roads, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, hurt local economies and continue to stoke the climate crisis.
We can do better. We can Power Past Coal.