"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
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.
Amy RemeikisQueensland political editor
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
Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News Staff Updated: October 19, 2015, 6:25 pm
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.
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!
Northwest communities have won key battles. Can they win the war?
“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.
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."
German chancellor Angela Merkel announces commitment to ‘decarbonise global economy’ and end extreme poverty and hunger
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.
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.
Carbon Sinkers exceed goal in support of Got Green and environmental equity
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.
Seattle City Council Moves Resolution to Oppose Fast Track
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
from our friends at Greenpeace
"Renewable energy isn't only outpacing new fossil fuel capacity, it's also spurring billions of dollars in economic development . . . "
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 talksBY 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.
By JUSTIN GILLIS MAY 6, 2014