The following information is provided from the Sierra Club:
As you read this, the Columbia Gorge and the Northwest are at an energy crossroads. Coal companies are threatening to export millions of tons of coal from a port in the Northwest all the way to Asia, stoking climate change and countering clean energy progress in the Northwest. Locally, coal exports could bring 26 mile-long coal trains through the Gorge every day, spewing toxic coal dust into the air and water, contributing to asthma and respiratory diseases, choking our railroads and degrading our property values.
The good news is that we have solutions. That’s why here in the Gorge we are launching a campaign to provide the political backing for decision-makers in Oregon and Washington to stand up to coal companies, asking them to oppose coal exports in the Northwest. If we act now, we can seize this unique opportunity to stop coal exports and prevent massive amounts of coal trains and coal dust from polluting the Columbia Gorge, our air, our water and our lungs.
We can make this happen this fall, but we need YOUR help. The best way to learn more and get involved is to come to our Campaign Kickoff Meeting to Move Beyond Coal next Thursday night in Hood River. RSVP right away and bring a friend to:
Sierra Club’s Campaign Kickoff Meeting to Move Beyond Coal
Thursday Sept 29th 7:00-8:00pm
Springhouse Cellar Winery
13 Railroad Ave, Hood River, OR
All are welcome, please bring your friends!
We have a unique opportunity this fall to move the Northwest beyond dirty coal, but we need to show Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark that the public is calling on them to stand up to coal companies. This kickoff meeting will be action-packed, planning for major upcoming events in the Columbia Gorge.
So please join us on Thursday Sept 29th at 7:00pm at the Springhouse Cellar Winery (1st and Cascade in downtown Hood River).
RSVP to let us know you can make it, and bring a friend!
Sierra Club Field Organizer
Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign
Hood River, OR