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"Producing electricity for the average household in the U.S. each year requires burning 8,079 pounds of coal, and using 5,000 gallons of water. Just for your home."  Mother Jones 


New Sightline graphics show what's next for the Thin Green Line.

Author: Eric de Place

(@Eric_deP) on March 21, 2016 at 6:30 am

In 2016, the Northwest public will have a chance to voice its views on the two remaining coal export terminals proposed for Washington state. These projects would be the first and second largest coal terminals in North America, weighing in at 48 million tons per year (in Whatcom County) and 44 million tons annually (in Longview).

Read the full article

Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program

Judge strikes down water permit for Montana coal mine

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
  • By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

Arch Coal suspended its application for a major coal mine in southeastern Montana on Thursday, two months after the industry giant filed for bankruptcy protection.

The St. Louis-based company cited a weak coal market, a shortage of capital and an uncertain permitting outlook in announcing it was suspending the proposed Otter Creek mine.

Read the article in the Billings Gazette

Sierra Club and Beyond Coal partners packed UTC hearing Friday, March 4 in Olympia.


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JPMorgan Won't Back New Coal Mines to Combat Climate Change

JPMorgan Chase & Co became the latest big bank to pull back from coal.

“We believe the financial services sector has an important role to play as governments implement policies to combat climate change,” JPMorgan

Read the Bloomberg article.  Click here.

Despite Supreme Court, Clean Energy and Climate Progress Are Full Speed Ahead

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear - while the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan was disappointing, it won’t revive the fortunes of the coal industry, slow the transition to clean energy, or cripple progress toward meeting the climate commitment the US made in Paris last year.

Yesterday’s decision means the Supreme Court is temporarily pausing the Clean Power Plan from going into effect, while the courts consider the merits of the case. As that legal process unfolds, likely into 2017, something else will continue unfolding as well - the steady progress of the Sierra Club and our allies to retire coal plants and replace them with clean energy. As we outlined in a report released late last year, our strategy gives us a pathway to meet our climate targets, even as the Clean Power Plan makes its way through the courts.

Read Mary Ann Hitt's complete article.



Beyond Coal joins the fight to prevent the establishment of an Oil Export Terminal in Vancouver, Washington.

Peabody Energy Corporation Plummets Further on Bankruptcy Concerns


A close competitor’s bankruptcy announcement has left Peabody Energy investors fearful of having to face a similar fate


By Muhammad Ali Khawar on Jan 12, 2016 at 10:52 am EST



Longview, WA – Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest coal supplier in the United States, announced today that it would be filing for bankruptcy protection after suffering several quarters of losses and being unable to restructure its debt. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. In the Northwest, the announcement significantly reduces the likelihood that several Arch Coal projects across Montana and Washington State will move forward, including the Otter Creek mine and Tongue River Railroad in Montana, as well as the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal in Longview, Washington.
Read the article by Power Past Coal ERIC SHEW JANUARY 11, 2016 NEWS

Coal’s demise and clean power’s insurgence are inevitable.

.... Oil and coal companies may continue plugging their ears and yelling “LALALA!!!” until the bitter end, but the bitter end is looming, at least for some of them. Coal companies are going belly-up. Paris stamps approval on the idea of a carbon bubble: that fossil-fuel companies carry massively inflated stock values, because most of their reserves of fuel will never be burned (that’s what the accord’s aspirational goal of 1.5 degrees C means). Smart investors are already getting out before it pops; they’re betting on non-carbon businesses.

Read the entire article by Sightline:


Broken democracy holds us back, but climate activism pushes us forward.

Fossil Fuel Projects in Pacific Northwest Could Be as Harmful as 5 Keystones


New Poll findings

"Majorities of voters in Washington oppose transporting coal through their home state for export to Asia. A solid majority (56%) of voters in Washington express opposition to shipping coal in rail cars through their state, after hearing a brief description of the concept (Figure 1 on the following page). Additionally, coal export opponents feel much more strongly about the issue (40% “strongly oppose”) than do supporters (17% “strongly support”). Furthermore, opposition is broad-based, with majorities of diverse electoral subgroups expressing opposition: Democrats and independents; liberals and moderates; voters ages 18-49 and 50 and over; voters of all income levels; voters from union households and voters from non-union households; and both voters who volunteer or donate to environmental organizations and voters who do not."           Polling firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates

from our friends at Rainforest Network :

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining in sweeping new policy

 by Claire Sandberg  Posted on May 06 2015

Bank once labeled “Bank of Coal” announces broad commitment scaling down financial involvement in coal mining globally

Charlotte, NC—Bank of America unveiled a new global coal mining policy today committing to reduce exposure to coal mining companies across the board. Bank of America’s Andrew Plepler announced the new policy at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting this morning in Charlotte, stating, "With regard to coal, over the past several years we have been gradually and consistently reducing our credit exposure to companies focused on coal mining. Our new policy...reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.” The policy change comes after four years of campaigning from Rainforest Action Network and other groups, and is the strongest policy of its kind to date.

City Council opposes fast track for Pacific Rim trade pact

Originally published March 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the so-called fast-track consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

By Daniel Beekman

Seattle Times staff reporter

Burly tradesmen stood shoulder to shoulder with environmental activists and the local chapter of the Raging Grannies on Monday to urge the Seattle City Council to send President Obama and the world’s largest companies a message from the Northwest.

Sierra Club Organizing Representative, Robin Everett testifies before the Seattle City Council.

Breathing in diesel exhaust leads to changes 'deep under the hood'

Date:  January 8, 2015

Source:  University of British Columbia

Summary:   Diesel exhaust switches some genes on, while switching others off, by altering the methylation of DNA, scientists say.


The New Cold War -- from the Guardian

Posted on June 16, 2015

A last great unprotected wilderness, safe haven for endangered species and home to native people whose subsistence lifestyle has survived in harmony with nature for thousands of years.

It is here that Shell plans to drill for oil, pulling the detonator on a carbon bomb which eventually could spray 150bn tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


Edmonds Town Hall

Posted on October 3, 2014

Last night the Coal-Free Edmonds team participated in a great town hall on coal and oil safety.  Nearly 200 community members attended the event last night and they were on fire!!  The town hall featured a speaker panel that included Sean Arduzi, Puget Sound Regional Council; Stephanie Solien, Climate Solutions; Terry Finn, BNSF; and Bob Watrus, SSA Marine.