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The world’s biggest coal companies want to ship 100 million tons of coal each year to Asia through Northwest ports – spreading toxic coal dust in dozens of our rail communities, clogging our railroads and ports, risking our families’ health, and polluting our air and water. In recent years, coal companies have sought to quickly obtain permits to build export terminals. Our Power Past Coal campaign has stopped them. We successfully blocked proposals through legal challenges, grassroots organizing, and effective communications.  

Stopping any new coal export off the West Coast continues to be a major stake in the ground for the climate movement. Climate Solutions continues to be a central player in the coalition, bringing new and powerful voices to the table who are calling for clean energy solutions instead of continued investment in the fossil fuels of the past.

In 2016, more than 27,000 people demonstrated solidarity with the Lummi Nation, asking the Army Corps of Engineers to deny a coal export permit at Cherry Point based on Lummi treaty rights. The denial of the permit in May 2016 was perhaps the biggest fossil fuel victory of the past half-decade in the country. The action not only stopped this coal export proposal, but also served as a powerful vindication of native rights. In June, our coalition submitted more than a quarter of a million comments opposing a coal export megaproject in Longview, WA, and helped turn out more than 1,000 people to attend public hearings on the proposal.

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by Jonathan Lee on May 11, 2021

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by Jonathan Lawson on January 28, 2021

"Federal climate action:" no longer an oxymoron

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by Jonathan Lee on January 6, 2020

A growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity, but Oregon is not among them.

The King is dead

by KC Golden on October 13, 2017

The Northwest coal export battle was a fateful crossroads, and the tyranny of fossil fuels is waning. In its place, we're launching a new clean energy era. 

How about some good news for a change?

by Beth Doglio on September 27, 2017

Coal export on the Columbia River is over. How do you like them apples?

100% clean energy is where we’re headed. Tell Transalta no!

by Joëlle Robinson on August 3, 2017

Fossil fuel gas is not really a "bridge fuel" that takes us where we need to go.

Another one bites the dust?

by Kimberly Larson on January 4, 2017

This week, Washington State made a significant decision about the largest and last-remaining coal export proposal in the state, the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, WA effectively stopping the proposal from moving forward. 

We're one step closer to stopping big coal

by Joëlle Robinson on October 10, 2016

This month we're standing up to big coal, and saying NO to coal export in Longview, WA.

From the sea to Standing Rock: NW tribes hold the line against fossil fuels

by Jessie Dye on September 9, 2016

The Lummi Nation's coal export fight in Washington strongly parallels the Standing Rock Sioux's fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

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Oregon is falling behind on climate action

A growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity, but Oregon is not among them.

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The King is dead

Submitted by KC Golden on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:57

The Northwest coal export battle was a fateful crossroads, and the tyranny of fossil fuels is waning. In its place, we're launching a new clean energy era. 

Read More

Another one bites the dust?

This week, Washington State made a significant decision about the largest and last-remaining coal export proposal in the state, the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, WA effectively stopping the proposal from moving forward. 

Read More