Target: Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber
Goal: Praise the state of Oregon for blocking a proposed plan to ship more coal to China
A recent plan to ship coal from Wyoming and Montana to Oregon to then be sent to China was rejected by the Oregon government. Coal is the number one contributor to global warming and has a hugely detrimental impact on the environment. Oregon’s rejection of this plan is the latest blow to the coal industry and should be lauded.
The demand for domestic coal is declining as the market becomes more open to cheap and cleaner natural gas. This causes companies to look for more profitable markets, such as those in Asia. The Pacific Northwest is the prime spot to ship to Asian markets but this requires convincing the environmentally conscious population to allow coal to be moved through their states. Oregon decided to reject a $242 million plan to ship coal through Oregon to China. This stopped 8.8 million tons of coal from being moved on trains through Oregon, then on barges on the Columbia River, then on ships to China. Oregon officials named tribal fishing rights along the Columbia River as a reason for denying the plan. They said that “a small but important long-standing fishery” would be harmed by the coal shipments.
Coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change and also emits mercury and other pollutants into the environment. Coal is the dirtiest of fuels and needs to stop being used for power. Oregon is helping to stop the coal industry and should be applauded for this.
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,
Thank you and your administration for blocking the recent plan proposed by Ambre Energy to ship coal through Oregon. This rejection will stop 8.8 million tons of coal from being shipped to Asia and will cost the coal industry $242 million.
It is very commendable that Oregon officials have cited tribal fishing rights on the Columbia River as a reason to reject big coal’s proposal. The environmentally conscious people of the Pacific Northwest are very grateful and your efforts are recognized and lauded by people across the nation.
Coal is the number one contributor to global climate change and is the dirtiest way of producing energy. The endeavors of the coal industry must be stopped and the Pacific Northwest is one of the main areas for shipping coal overseas to Asian markets. Thank you for your environmentally conscious decisions. The earth, as you know, is more important than corporation profits.
[Your Name Here]
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