"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).
- 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.
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,” JPMorganRead the Bloomberg article. Click here.
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.
Beyond Coal joins the fight to prevent the establishment of an Oil Export Terminal in Vancouver, Washington.
A close competitor’s bankruptcy announcement has left Peabody Energy investors fearful of having to face a similar fate
.... 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.
BY JOHN LIGHT | DECEMBER 1, 2015
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.