Letter: Fight coal exports; attend meetings
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The governors of Washington and Oregon have a tool to stop the continued effects of greenhouse gas on our oceans. They both have seen fit to stop coal burning in each state. They should also demand the state environmental departments stop all transport of coal to nations still burning coal. This is one of the causes of our oceans' acidity.
Canada is now questioning the choice it made to ship coal from its ports. Because Canada does not want to allow coal to travel by rail to its own port through Canadian land, we in Washington state have become the pass-through for coal to Canada, dropping tons of coal dust on our land and in our water. Why has the U.S. government allowed this? We have laws that prosecute our own businesses and citizens from this type of pollution.
Come with me and thousands of others to tell the environmental departments to do their job and stop all transport of coal through Oregon and Washington. Join me at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Portland and 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Clark College's Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.
Let's tell the environmental departments and the Army Corps of Engineers to stop coal now.