Hey coal terminal: send not for whom the bell tolls
January 12, 2016

You've probably heard the news: This week, Arch Coal, the second-largest coal company in the US, filed for bankruptcy. Arch is 38% owner of the proposed Millennium Bulk coal export terminal on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington. This huge red flag signals that coal export is a bad investment—an irresponsible investment.  It has never been more clear that our communities can do better!

Send a message to Washington Governor Jay Inslee and other key leaders, telling them that coal export is a risky investment and that it’s too dangerous for our air, water and climate.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite curtains for Millennium’s shaky coal export plans along the Columbia River. A major environmental review on the coal export terminal is scheduled to be released at the end of April, after which the state will hold public hearings—giving us the chance to say NO to this polluting proposal.

Stay tuned for more details on the Millennium DEIS and the public hearings. Power Past Coal coalition partners will need you to volunteer: invite community members to the hearings, collect public comments and of course, attend hearings!

Let Governor Inslee and the other decision makers know that Big Coal shouldn’t stand a chance in the Pacific Northwest. We’re for climate-friendly, clean, safe energy, not dirty (and now bankrupt) coal.

Thank you for all you do for positive change!


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Author Bio

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.