Blue Oregon, February 18, 2013
By Michael O’Leary
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, speaks out against coal exports at the D.C. climate rally on February 17th
Bill McKibben: “We’re incredibly grateful for all the hard work going on against coal exports. The Northwest is the choke point in keeping Powder River Basin coal from being burnt.”
Bill McKibben just sent a message of concern about the dangers of the proposed coal exports in the Northwest.
He said it plain and simple: “We’ve got to keep that coal in the ground.”
He’s dead right. For years researchers from OSU and the DEQ have documented intolerable levels of mercury pollution being generated by overseas coal fired power plants and manufacturing, first causing local pollution which has been making the news of late, which then blows across the Pacific Ocean on the jet stream right to our doorstep where washes down on us in the rains, into Oregon’s rivers, lakes and streams, polluting our habitat and poisoning our fish.