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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 


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.


Tesoro-Savage

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 http://www.powerpastcoal.org/arch-coal-bankruptcy-the-end-of-an-era/ 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:

WHAT PARIS MEANS FOR CASCADIA

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

http://www.sightline.org/2015/12/28/what-paris-means-for-cascadia/


Polled Queenslanders want to phase out coal to save Great Barrier Reef
Amy Remeikis
Queensland political editor

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

BY JOHN LIGHT | DECEMBER 1, 2015


“In reality, they’re bringing in a monster,” Norman said. “This isn’t gonna be a little wood town anymore, it’s gonna be a coal town and I’m not ready for it.”

“This colorful little town is gonna just be black,” Daniel Norman

Delegates from Montana and Wyoming toured the 643 acre site on Monday

Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News Staff  Updated: October 19, 2015, 6:25 pm


State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016

 BY MARISSA LUCK

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

Coal terminal opponents welcomed the news, while supporters called it “deeply disappointing” and blamed the delay on politics.


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


The Pope addressed Congress

Pope Francis opened his visit to the U.S. with a strong call for action to combat climate change; President Obama hailed the pontiff as a moral force.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/pope-president-to-seek-common-ground-in-oval-office-visit/


China announced Cap and Trade:

This is huge for our work on coal exports and going into the Paris talks on climate.  Naysayers always point to China as the reason the US cannot do anything on climate, they can no longer use that argument.  THIS IS A HUGE MOMENT!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-president-obama-summit.html 


The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks

Northwest communities have won key battles. Can they win the war?

Sightline Daily, Eric de Place (@Eric_deP) and Deric Gruen (@DericGruen) on August 13, 2015 at 6:30 am

“Everybody outside the Northwest thinks that’s where energy projects go to die.” That’s the reputation our region has earned as an increasing number of proposed coal and oil export projects have encountered ferocious opposition. It’s what the backer of a proposed oil refinery in Longview, Washington, told reporters earlier this year after his company’s stealth proposal was outed by environmental groups.


Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change!


Leo Gerard: Fast Track wrong for workers and environment

by: SPECIAL TO PEOPLESWORLD.ORG

june 11 2015

WASHINGTON -  Before the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Trade Promotion Authority-also known as Fast Track-the BlueGreen Alliance urged members of the House to reject the proposal because it removes critically important checks and balances.

"Approving Fast Track would be bad for our economy and our environment," said Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW). "The USW is not against trade, but unfortunately the history of trade agreements is clear: I don't know anyone who can name an agreement passed under fast track that has resulted in a net gain of jobs for working Americans."

Read the article:  http://peoplesworld.org/leo-gerard-fast-track-wrong-for-workers-and-environment/


G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century

German chancellor Angela Merkel announces commitment to ‘decarbonise global economy’ and end extreme poverty and hunger

Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change


from Politico:

The Sierra Club, the nation’s biggest environmental group, is out to prove that the green movement isn’t just for well-to-do white people.

The 123-year-old organization just elected its first black president. Its board condemned racial profiling in Ferguson, Missouri. Environmental justice has become one of its core campaigns.

Read the article

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.


Carbon Sinkers exceed goal in support of Got Green and environmental equity


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.


 

The Lummi Nation sent a formal request to the US Army Corps of Engineers requesting that they deny a permit for the proposed Cherry Point coal export facility due to treaty rights. #protectourshores
"Renewable energy isn't only outpacing new fossil fuel capacity, it's also spurring billions of dollars in economic development . . . "

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.


China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks

BY KATHY CHEN AND STIAN REKLEV

(Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signaling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.


Climate Change Study Finds U.S. Is Already Widely Affected

By JUSTIN GILLIS MAY 6, 2014

 

 
 

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.