Coal is largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world causing catastrophic climate change.
The Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming has been called "The Saudi Arabia of Coal."
The coal industry's domestic markets are drying up with increased regulation on pollutants from coal plants, increased environmental scrutiny and the cost of natural gas. Therefore, with a loss in profits, coal company's like Arch Coal and Peabody Energy need a new place to sell their dirty black rock out of the Powder River Basin. Asian markets are more than willing buyers of all things coal. Industry just needs an efficient way to get it there. Now the coal industry is lobbying for more outlets for western state coal along the Pacific Coast.
In Montana, Arch Coal is looking to open up more coal mining. The coal giant applied for permits to mine Otter Creek in Eastern Montana.
Across the Northwest, a coalition of environmentalists and landowners have come together to fight back and stop the development of Big Coal's vital infrastructure. In August at the Coal Export Action, in protest of the mining of Otter Creek, 23 courageous people from all over the west were arrested sitting-in in the Montana state capital. Now those activists are going on trial to press the climate issue in the courts.
Join us for a forum and fundraiser for the Coal Export Action.
Event to include:
-Reportback and panel on Western Coal Exports
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