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Prevent Coal Exports--Your Gift to be Doubled!

May 22, 2013

Today we have good news to share and challenges to meet. We’ve learned that the Energy Foundation will support our coal export work through a matching grant. They will match new gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $8,000.

And we need your help!

As you know, coal is the dirtiest and most dangerous fossil fuel. Coal exports through our region will create new sources of morbidity and mortality and stoke global warming. 

For the past year, Oregon PSR has been the voice of medicine and public health in our regional Power Past Coal coalition. We helped pass powerful resolutions through Metro Council and city councils in Portland, Milwaukie, Eugene and Scappoose, Oregon. We've supported Salem and Albany communities in strong protection efforts. We also stopped bad resolutions dead in their tracks. We have amplified the voices of hundreds of health professionals who know that coal exports are bad for our health.

The good news? We’re turning the tide. In recent months, investors have re-assessed challenges, including fierce local opposition based on health concerns, and withdrawn from proposed coal export projects at the Port of Coos Bay and the Port of St. Helens. (Note that the Port of Coos Bay will continue to seek investors for that project.)

The bad news? Three regional proposals are moving through permitting processes right now. Each requires transport of coal through Columbia River Gorge.  At least one could mean coal trains moving through Portland. All will harm our health and environment.

The plan? We’re mobilizing to stop each of these proposals, including passing additional city council resolutions, organizing for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hearings early this summer, and organizing for US Army Corps of Engineers hearings late this summer. (Dates for these hearings will soon be announced.)

We need your financial support to continue this critical work.

The great news? We have wind beneath our wings. We’ve learned that the Energy Foundation will support our coal export work through a matching grant. They will match new gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $8,000.

We’re on a short timeline, so please make your gift today! 

Together, we have the responsibility to defend and protect current and future generations. Your support today makes this work - and future success - possible.

Donate Now or mail your check to: Oregon PSR, 812 SW Washington St., Suite 1050, Portland OR 97205. Note "Coal Match" in the memo line. Thank you! 

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