Bill McKibben speaks out against coal exports at D.C. climate rally

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, founder of 350.org, speaks out against coal exports at the D.C. climate rally on February 17th

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, speaks out against coal exports at the D.C. climate rally on February 17th

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.

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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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