Now is a critical time for the climate movement in Oregon. Right now, legislators in Salem are considering setting a limit on carbon pollution, make our energy portfolio coal free, create electric car charging networks, create jobs in renewable energy, and community solar in our state.
There are already limits on emissions in our laws, but there is no way to enforce them. The Healthy Climate bill will hold big polluters accountable for the cost of what they are dumping into our air and water. Up to this point, we are paying the costs, in the form of missed work days and medical bills from lung disease, severe allergies and asthma attacks. We pay for record-breaking wildfires and droughts that hurt family farmers and raise food prices.
The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a key permit necessary for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export proposal. Ambre’s dirty coal project would have sent hundreds of coal trains through the region, thousands of coal barges down the Columbia River, and further disrupted our climate with dangerous carbon pollution. Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon state agencies listened to our broad and deep coalition from across the region and made the right choice. Send a message to DSL Director Mary Abrams and Governor Kitzhaber today, and thank them for their leadership!
The next few weeks are a crucial time in determining if Oregon will export coal. Governor Kitzhaber and his agencies are making decisions now whether or not to let coal companies start building a coal export terminal on the Columbia River. Already three permits have been granted. Let’s not make it four. The state could soon grant Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific Project a crucial permit allowing the project to move forward. You can help by telling Governor Kitzhaber that coal export is not in the public interest, it is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of our state’s water resources. He should deny Ambre Energy’s DSL permit. Call the Governor’s office and tell him to stand up to Big Coal and deny the DSL permit: (866) 492-6080