As climate change wreaks havoc across the globe and scientists issue dire warnings of a 9-15 degree increase in temperatures this century, the coal industry wants to ship more than a hundred million tons of dirty coal to Asia each year and make the problem much worse.
Peabody Coal and SSA Marine are moving forward with plans to build the largest coal export terminal in the country in Washington — the Gateway Pacific Terminal. This is one of the most important fights against coal in the country right now, because if we lose, it will seriously undermine much of the progress we’ve made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of dirty coal burned in the United States.
The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments on the outrageous Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal to determine which environmental impacts of the project it should study.
Whether or not the Gateway Pacific Terminal is allowed to move forward could be determined by which factors the Corps includes in its impact statement. A full accounting of Gateway Pacific’s impact on global greenhouse gas emissions would be devastating for the project, so our public comments are crucial.
By providing relatively cheap American coal to China and other growing Asian economies, the Gateway Pacific Terminal would undercut investments in wind and solar power, and boost the greenhouse gas pollution that is already cooking our planet.
According to a U.S. climate assessment released last week by dozens of the country’s top climate scientists, we simply can’t afford to export dirty coal and climate pollution to Asia. The assessment predicts increases in heat waves, more extreme precipitation events and hurricanes, and even more widespread droughts than the Midwest experienced last year.1 It’s too high a price to pay just so coal companies can pad their profits.
More than 8,000 CREDO activists in the Northwest have already submitted comments against the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. Now it is time to show the Army Corps of Engineers that people throughout the country are concerned about the Gateway Pacific Terminal’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and that we’re opposed to the project, too.
Thanks for fighting climate change.
Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. Joe Romm, “Draft Climate Assessment Warns Of Devastating 9°-15°F Warming Over Most Of U.S.,” Think Progress, 1/11/13