Letter in today’s RG

Published on May 9, 2012 by in Local thoughts

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Check out this letter from No Coal Eugene member Jere Rosemeyer in today’s Register Guard – thanks, Jere!

Kitzhaber backs coal export review

I urge all those concerned about rapid climate change to read the full text of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s request for a comprehensive environmental impact statement regarding the coal train juggernaut facing Oregon.

It addresses in detail the harmful effects of transporting 157 million tons of coal through Oregon and Washington every year (two- to three-mile-long trains passing through Eugene daily).

Kitzhaber’s letter addresses the harmful effects to Oregon of Asian coal combustion. It mentions not only elevated mercury levels but also spells out all the deleterious effects of climate change. It questions the very concept of coal exports and asks how they can be consistent with “the larger strategy of moving to a low-carbon future.”

Oregon is on the front lines of the worldwide effort to prevent a runaway greenhouse catastrophe. What we decide will play a major role in determining the options available to future generations.

Those who want to curb global warming should contact NoCoalEugene to find out more about stopping the coal trains from passing through Oregon.

Jere C. Rosemeyer, Eugene

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‘Coal Train’ Action Video

Published on April 16, 2012 by in Action, Local thoughts, News

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Here’s a fantastic video documenting No Coal Eugene’s coal train action.

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http://kezi.com/news/local/244341 – Click here for video!

Taken from KEZI.com:

EUGENE, Ore. — A coal train chugged its way through the University of Oregon campus Monday afternoon.
It was meant to bring attention to the coal trains that could soon head through Eugene and other parts of Western Oregon.

It was quite the spectacle if you happened to be studying or eating lunch near the Erb Memorial Union around noon. Members of No Coal Eugene hopped on their no coal train, leaving a thick cloud of activism behind them. Equipped with a conductor and cabooses, members shouted phrases like ‘Coal Train Comin’ Through!’ while hacking.

They ended their route in the middle of the amphitheater by dramatically faking their deaths.
Members say they want people to be aware of the dangers uncovered coal would present if it came through the city.”A lot of people in Eugene don’t know that we’re gonna be having coal trains coming through and they’re not given any say on whether or not they are gonna come through because we’re valuing the rights of this coal company over the rights of the people here,” said Grace Warner from No Coal Eugene.

The Port of Coos Bay signed a contract with an unknown company in October. They’re still in talks about shipping coal out of the harbor, but estimates show 15,000 tons could pass through Eugene each day. “No Coal” says during this shipment process, large amounts of coal can fall out and Eugenians would inhale an unsafe amount of the dust. No Coal Eugene plans to make its voice loud and clear with more action like this in the future.

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A word from a Whiteaker resident

Published on April 6, 2012 by in Local thoughts

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Stephen, a Eugene resident, had this to say about coal trains in our community:

I live in the Whiteaker only one block from the tracks. The train is a constant nuisance. Polluting the air, blaring its horn, spraying herbicide, and doing very little to control litter and public nuisance.

The addition of coal carrying train cars will make a bad situation worse.

Eugene residents suffer tremendously from air quality issues stemming from grass farming to the north. Adding coal dust to our already polluted air will case many (including myself) increased bronchial and asthma related complications.

I love Eugene. I want to live here form many years to come. I am an environmentally conscious individual who embraces the wonderful outdoors. I fear a further deterioration in air quality and livability will drive me to relocate. Please Eugene, support your citizens, the environment, and our global village by stopping coal trains in Eugene.

This message was originally posted in No Coal Eugene’s Facebook group.

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