Perhaps in the wildest dreams of wannabe coal exporter Ambre Energy, the state of Oregon has already granted all the permits necessary to develop coal terminals on the beautiful Columbia River. Nobody has taken a thorough look at the impacts of transporting 8.8 million tons through a delicate ecosystem. And nobody has considered what the consequences will be for agricultural communities or important fisheries.
But Ambre’s dreams are far from reality.
Across the Pacific Northwest, communities are rallying to oppose coal exports, while exposing Ambre Energy as a financially-risky and untrustworthy partner.
As Pat Lichen, a local Greenpeace activist put it: “Ambre Energy has failed an astounding seven times to provide the requested information about the impacts of its Morrow Pacific Project. Oregon shouldn’t do business with a company that has a history of misleading the public and officials.”
The domestic coal market is collapsing, and Ambre is desperate. The broke start up recently agreed to a takeover by a risk-hungry private equity fund. That doesn’t suggest a long-term commitment to the health and well being of the people of Oregon.
It’s not just the Northwest that’s fighting back against a desperate and dangerous industry willing to profit from eco-destruction. In North Carolina, Greenpeace is working with allies to hold Duke Energy accountable for toxic coal ash spills. We are pushing Duke and its friends to invest in solar and other renewable sources of energy.
In China, our brothers and sisters have done the unimaginable and forced the world’s biggest coal company to back down from taking scarce water resources in arid land from farming communities.
The people are winning and stepping up to defend the climate in amazing ways. Now, activists have the coal industry running scared and showing key decision-makers that they must act now to stop these projects.
Ambre Energy’s toxic coal export proposals pose a direct threat to communities and ecosystems not only in the Pacific Northwest but around the globe.
People continue to rally against toxic coal, the outdated technology that bears heavy responsibility for fueling climate change. In the Great Northwest, we’re looking to Oregon’s Gov. Kitzhaber and his Department of State Lands to do the right thing. They have to deny Ambre Energy’s permit for its proposed Morrow Pacific Project. Communities are ready to move them out for good.