In recent years, Oregon and Washington have made major strides to end our reliance on coal, setting dates to get our last coal plants off of coal.
If they have their way, dirty and dangerous coal and other fossil fuels would jeapordize families as it passes through communities in Oregon and Washington by rail, barge, or ship through the Columbia River Gorge, Portland and many other communities.
The following map shows the many proposed projects. For more discussion on the total consequences of all this look HERE.
Coal Makes Us Sick
Mining, transporting, and burning coal fouls our air, pollutes our water, sickens our children and destroys the environment.
A Risky Proposition
With current proposals, 20 or more trains, each 1.5 miles long, would chug through our communities daily. Coal trains have a high risk for derailing and crashing. When coal dust blows off of trains, it cakes on tracks, causing horrific train derailments in communities. Trains also threaten public safety when they intersect with roads. Long trains rolling through road-crossings add precious minutes to response times for emergency services - such as paramedics, fire trucks and police - risking people's lives in neighborhoods, like Vancouver and Portland.
Economic Future: Our Choice
Instead of choosing to max-out our rail lines to export dirty coal and decrease our property values from noise, traffic disruption and pollution, we can choose to fill our rail lines with U.S. made goods, high-speed passenger rail and our farm produce. We can choose to develop our communities and create jobs by investing in clean energy, importing and exporting value-added goods, and maintaining clean air and water.