Santa Doles Out Coal At Anti-Export Rally

OPB | Ecotrope, December 7, 2012
By Cassandra Profita

Around 800 people gathered in Portland last night for an Oregon Department Environmental Quality informational meeting on the Morrow Pacific coal export project.

At a demonstration before the event, a man dressed as Santa Claus handed out small plastic bags of coal bits he said were collected from the railroad tracks in the Columbia River Gorge.

“Would you like some coal?” he asked passersby. “Here you go. That’s the gift that keeps on giving from Ambre Energy.”

Packets of coal were labeled as having been collected along the railroad tracks on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Packets of coal were labeled as having been collected along the railroad tracks on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Ambre Energy is the backer of a coal export proposal on the Columbia River. Santa said the company “is on my naughty list.”

“We’re telling Ambre Energy their pollution of the coal dust into the air is going to affect future generations,” he said. “The spirit of Christmas is all about the children. If this coal dust collected from the railroad tracks gets into the water and gets burned in the air, the continued acidification of the ocean is going to end up killing all the sea life. We can’t afford to leave that kind of legacy to our children. That’s why we’re protesting coal exports.”

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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