Used to be Keep It In The Ground

Kathleen Dean Moore: “If Your House Is On Fire”

350 PDX, Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, Greenpeace, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility present: Kathleen Dean Moore, distinguished Professor of Philosophy, environmental ethicist, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, speaking on climate activism. This is a FREE event.

Saturday, September 21, 2:00pm
First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland 97201

Workshops will follow at 3:15pm. Topics include comment writing for the Longview coal export terminal scoping process, NW fossil fuel exports, and divestment.

Getting there:
– Blue and Red MAX lines stop at Goose Hollow.
– TriMet Bus lines 6, 58 and 68 stop at the church.
– Lines 51 and the 63 stop a few blocks away.
– Free parking at the Church

For more information contact Bonnie McKinlay at 350pdx@gmail or 503-705-1943.

Sun Magazine interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

Longview Terminal Comment Period Begins August 16

Cowlitz County, WA recently issued a letter announcing the beginning of a 95-day comment period, from August 16 to November 18, requesting comments on the appropriate scope of the EIS for the proposed Millenium coal terminal at Longview. This is the second largest of the three coal terminals actively under review in the Northwest. There are a variety of ways to submit your comments, detailed here. All comments will be given consideration by the agencies.

Unlike the DEQ hearing regarding the permitting of the Morrow Pacific Terminal Project in Boardman, OR, Washington’s scoping comment collection and hearing process welcomes input on all aspects of coal export. This ranges from strip mine extraction in the Powder River Basin, transportation through our region, and the effects of burning the coal in Asia.

The first in a series of scoping hearings throughout Washington will take place on Tuesday, September 17th, 5-8pm at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA. Although the oral testimony period is limited to two minutes, you may email/send in as many comments as you like. We encourage you to attend the Longview hearing to show opposition to the development of the Longview Terminal.

For assistance on writing comments and testimonies, visit www.powerpastcoal.org or read 101 Reasons to Be Against Coal Exports.

Workshops on comment-writing will be held at the following locations:

  • Longview: Monday, August 26, 6:30pm. Cowlitz PUD, 961 12th Ave
  • Portland: Saturday, September 7, 3:00-5:00pm. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park

Summer Heat / Columbia River Climate Action

Photo credit: Alex Milan Tracy

Photo credit: Alex Milan Tracy

On Saturday, July 27th, Summer Heat came on strong in the Pacific Northwest. More than 800 engaged citizens gathered at Vancouver Landing in Vancouver, WA, to make a big display, symbolically blockading the Columbia River against planned fossil fuel export terminals in the area. The Northwest is quickly becoming a hotspot in the fight against expanded usage of fossil fuels. Our region is poised to play a pivotal role with projects that could release hundreds of millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. If we stop these terminals that means they can’t ship it. If they can’t ship it, they can’t sell it. That means it stays in the ground.

350 PDX was one of many organizations that brought people into the action. Activists traveled from Corvallis, Eugene, and Salem in the south, and Seattle, Bellingham, Astoria, Hood River, and the Tri-Cities to the north, to have a peaceful day of workshops and speaking, culminating in a show on the river and along the I-5 bridge.

It was a beautiful and energizing day, and a great step in building this movement to quicken the end of the fossil fuel economy that threatens our way of life.

Oregon Climate Action Day

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Viewed all day from closed-circuit televisions in state office buildings! Credit: WestTurn Picture Co

Oregon Climate Action Day was a big success. Bonnie, Adriana, and Adam helped represent 350 PDX and talked with legislators to express support for a carbon tax in Oregon.

We met with Rep. Jules Bailey, Sen. Rosenbaum’s office, and more!

Visit OregonCAN for more information on the big day and to learn more about a carbon tax for Oregon.

Now the salmon is migrating to Salem…

350pdxlogo_0We invite you to the first Oregon Climate Action Day on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11am on the Oregon Capitol steps in Salem. Join hundreds from across the state who share a vision of climate solutions and a thriving clean energy economy.

Throughout the day, our trained citizen lobby teams will meet with 20 legislators to ask that they author or sign on to an effective, market-based, upstream solution we believe in: a revenue-neutral carbon tax that sets a scientifically-determined and predictably graduating price on pollution. Oregon can implement such a policy to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost our local, renewable economy (as modeled by the tax levied in British Columbia in 2008 and proposed at the national level by the Citizens Climate Lobby).

We are proud as Oregonians to be part of a state with a history of bipartisan problem-solving and innovation on tough issues – from the bottle bill to current healthcare innovations – and know that Oregon can again lead the country on humanity’s greatest challenge yet: climate change.

Oregon Climate Action Day attendees will help launch the grassroots network Oregon CAN: which exists to connect climate-concerned Oregonians, organize creative advocacy, educate onarket-based climate solutions, and to empower citizens to lobby their elected officials.

This event is a point of convergence for people on fronts across the state engaged in the good fight to break free from dependence on destructive fossil fuels.

RSVP today to camilathorndike@gmail.com to join a citizen lobby team and ask your Representative or Senator to support an effective, upstream, market-driven solution to climate change. Fossil fuel lobbyists are there every day. It’s time for us to show up and defend our state and future.

Remember to sign up here for the countdown till May 22!

 

**Click below for additional info:

Documents viewable here.

If you plan on joining us in Salem on Wednesday, May 22nd, please let me know so we’ll have an idea of the numbers of people we expect to have from the Portland Metro Area.

Contact me if you need general or carpooling info.

Thanks!-Bonnie McKinlay

350pdx@gmail.com

503-705-1943