Forrest Mars, Jr: Support Montana Agriculture, Not Coal Trains
The proposed Tongue River Railroad has one purpose: to export coal from Montana to markets in Asia, transforming the fertile Tongue River Valley into a mining industrial zone. Coal exports hurt farmers and ranchers near mining sites, and every community affected by the transportation, export, and burning of Powder River Basin coal. Not only that, carbon emissions from the coal industry will add to climate change around the world.
Forrest Mars, Jr., partial owner of Mars Inc, purchased a one-third share in the destructive Tongue River Railroad to divert the project from crossing his ranchland. But this won’t help hundreds of other communities still affected by dirty coal transportation. It also won’t prevent the Tongue River Valley being transformed into an industrial corridor for the coal industry.
Mars, Jr. has made billions from Mars Inc, and now he’s investing that money into a railway for coal exports. Coal Export Action, a grassroots network founded in Montana, is calling on Mars, Jr. to pull his investment in the Tongue River Railroad. We’re sending our concerns to Mars, Jr. care of Mars Inc, the company that gave him the money to put towards this project.
For every signature on this petition, an email will be sent to Mars Inc. This will put pressure on Forrest Mars, Jr. to withdraw his stake in the Tongue River Railroad and improve the image of his family company. Mars Inc is a private company owned almost wholly by the Mars family, giving Mars, Jr. a large amount of control over the company’s profits. The Mars legacy is being tarnished by dirty energy, and Forrest Mars has a chance to change this.
Join Coal Export Action in asking Forrest Mars, Jr. to do the right thing for communities from Montana to China: pull his investment in the Tongue River Railroad and stop the industrialization of the Powder River Basin!
C/o Mars Inc
Dear Forrest Mars, Jr,
I'm writing to ask you to please withdraw your financial support for the Tongue River Railroad industrial coal export project.
As you know, the proposed Tongue River Railroad has one purpose: to export coal from Montana to markets in Asia, a process that would transform the fertile Tongue River Valley into a mining industrial zone. Coal exports would hurt dozens of communities affected by the transportation, export, and burning of Powder River Basin coal. Not only that, carbon emissions from the coal industry will add to climate change around the world.
I'm asking you, as a wealthy investor with considerable political and economic clout, to pull your financial stake in the Tongue River Railroad project, and work with organizations opposing coal exports to ensure no community becomes a sacrifice zone for the coal industry. No hard-working family deserves to have a dirty, polluting coal train pass through their back yard.
Millions of people around the world enjoy Mar Inc's products. It would be a shame to see the Mars family legacy tainted by association with a project that threatens Montana's agricultural heritage, kids with asthma who would be exposed to coal train pollution, and communities around the world affected by climate change. I hope you'll work to prevent this from happening, and withdraw your stake in the Tongue River Railroad.