Stop Coal Exportation, Save the Environment: local project with global impacts.
  • Petitioned City of Bellingham, State of Washington, Army Corps of Engineers

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City of Bellingham, State of Washington, Army Corps of Engineers

Stop Coal Exportation, Save the Environment: local project with global impacts.

    1. Sarah Schurman
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Schurman

      Kirkland, WA

There is a current proposal for a coal terminal to be built at Cherry Point just north of Bellingham, Washington. The proposed terminal would export over 50 million tons of coal each year to developing nations in Asia, mainly China and India who are experiencing rapid economoic growth. This coal terminal would be built on the shore of a protected and sensitive marine ecosystem. The building of this coal terminal will require the removal and adverse destruction of wetlands and natural habitat. It will provide short term economic benefits with long term social ecologic costs that will be felt world wide.  Global Climate Change is affecting every arc of the Earth.  Shifting temperatures affected by natural and human factors are modifying habitat and changing Earth's atmosphere.  If this terminal is approved, the United States will be directly responsible for significant increases in the developing world's greenhouse gas emissions.  By supplying these rapidly developing economies with a readilly available cheap fuel source, coal, their economies will be encouraged to invest in coal powered electrical plants that have incredibly high investment costs and very low operating costs as well as an extremely long lifetime.  As citizens of the Earth, we cannot allow developing nations rely on this filthy fossil fuel that degrades our  planet.  In 2004, U.S. coal-fired power plants produced 2,154.6 million tons of CO2 – 35.8% of total U.S. CO2 emissions, and 8.0% of total world CO2 emissions.  At the height of our coal consumption in 1988, CO2 emissions from coal-fired electricity plants were over 58% of U.S. CO2 emissions.  Each ton of coal burned emits 2.86 tons of CO2.  Exporting 50 million tons of coal would add 143,000,000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year.  Encouraging and providing dirty energy is not sustainable.  We must mitigate development, consumption, and pollution. We must make sure there is a viable planet for future generations. This coal terminal must NOT be approved.  It is a local project with global impacts.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Washington Department of Ecology Information

      Sarah Schurman
      Petition Organizer

      Provides detailed information about the stages of permitting, the current status of the environmental impact statement, and documents including mitigation plans for the wetlands.

    3. Positive Information from the Gateway Pacific Site

      Sarah Schurman
      Petition Organizer

      In the interest of fairness and all information known, this is a link to the Gateway Pacific site that highlights the benefits of implementing the coal terminal.

    4. Background Information from ReSources

      Sarah Schurman
      Petition Organizer

      Highlights the environmental impacts of the coal terminal with provided links.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

      ( Barack Obama)

      We haven't got the power to destroy the planet -- or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.

      ( Tryon Edwards )

      “ Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~Carl Sagan

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    • Douglas Rudeen SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I care about the environment, and there is reason to think this activity would visit serious harm on the environment.

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    • Merideth Block SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My father lives in Spokane where a lot, if not all of the coal will pass through. There are many, many concerns and nobody seems to be listening.

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    • Josh Diaz VISTA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want to ensure a healthier planet for the generations to come. If coal is consistently invested in then renewable resources will never become frontrunners until the damage of nonrenewable resources have caused irreversible damage.

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    • Holly Koenig SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I walked the beach at Cherry Point every day in the summer with my grandfather up until his death at 88, 4 years ago. Save this place & places like it, for my grandfather, my grandchildren.

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