Locus Focus on 11/14/11
The Coal Hard Truth
In the past year the Northwest made major strides towards being coal-free, as deadlines were set to shut down the regions' last coal-fired power plants. But while the Northwest is moving away from relying on coal to generate its own electricity, there is a movement afoot to transform Washington State ports into a major infrastructure for shipping coal to Asia. Trainloads of coal from Wyoming would make their way across the Pacific Northwest, spewing toxic coal dust and diesel pollution, putting safety at risk, clogging the railroads, and contributing to climate change the whole way.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Laura Stevens with the Sierra Club about their campaign to stop the Northwest from becoming a large-scale coal export center. We'll talk about how to put the brakes on Big Coal's dirty and dangerous plans for the Northwest.