PROPOSED EXPANSION OF COAL EXPORTS AND TRAINS IN AND THROUGH OUR COMMUNITIES, AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
Sponsored by Poets West and Justice Party of Washington State
Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 pm
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library
7364 E Green lake Dr. N, Seattle
The Justice Party of Washington State and Poets West is hosting a public forum focusing on information and response to the proposal for building coal export port facilities and greatly expanding the coal trains that will bring more air pollution, coal dust, derailments, and rail crossing congestion through our communities. This event is open to the public and we welcome participation by other groups.
GUEST SPEAKER IS MICHAEL KAUFFMAN, CLIMATE SOLUTIONS INTERN.
The surge of coal trains coming from Montana and Wyoming to Washington State ports, carrying some 150 million tons of coal a year, will create horrific local and global effects. This pillaging of the public commons for the short term profit of multinational mining corporations is not going to be stopped without an enormous fight. This dirty coal is destined for China and will come back to us as acid rain and climate chaos. Please pass the word that we need immediate action against becoming a neo-colonial extraction economy. Big Coal is trying to sell us out with a “thousands of jobs” enticement. We’ll be left with black lung, a poisoned environment and the costs of mitigation and cleanup.
Thank goodness for activists already working on this. I invite you to attend this meeting to understand the enormity of this issue, and to meet others who will be part of lobbying and action to divert this environmental disaster. Bring your information and ideas to share.