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The following Press Clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry or include quotes from our staff and members. For press-related issues, please write emoffice (at) earthministry.org or call 206-632-2426.

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Oregon Denies Permit for Proposed Coal Export Terminal

The Oregon State Department of Lands has denied a key permit required for Ambre Energy to move forward with the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal. The denial of the removal-fill permit is a huge roadblock for Ambre Energy’s project, playing a key role in…
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Preach-In will amplify President Obama’s call for strong action on climate change

Jan 23, 2013 In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama confirmed that we are commanded by God to care for the planet. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said. Clergy from many faiths across Washington State will take up that call Feb. 8-10 during the National Preach-In on climate change.
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Legislature passes landmark legislation to transition Washington off polluting coal-fired power

Apr 21, 2011 OLYMPIA – Today, the Washington State Legislature put its final stamp of approval on a plan to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp.’s Centralia, Wash., power plant off of coal. The state Senate approved technical changes made in the House and sent the Coal-Free Future for Washington bill to Gov. Chris Gregoire for her much-anticipated signature.
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House approves landmark legislation to transition Washington off polluting coal-fired power

Apr 11, 2011 OLYMPIA – The state House of Representatives today approved the Coal-Free Future for Washington bill to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp.’s Centralia, Wash., power plant off of coal. This landmark legislation – representing an historic agreement between Washington environmental leaders, TransAlta, unions and Gov. Chris Gregoire – now goes back to the Senate, which approved an earlier version of the bill last month, for final passage.
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Historic agreement reached to phase out coal-burning in Washington

Mar 05, 2011 OLYMPIA – Today, major environmental organizations in Washington reached an historic agreement with the TransAlta Corp. and Governor Gregoire to phase out coal-fired power generation in Washington. The agreement reflects all three parties’ shared vision of a coal-free future for Washington, has the support of local labor organizations, and will provide a model for the nation of how investing in the transition to a clean-energy future can create jobs and a healthy economy.
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Press Clips

500 Warrior Up in Seattle

By Robin Everett on TotemPoleJourney.com August 30, 2014  The cornerstone of northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point this morning, as an overflow crowd of more than 400 people welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral. The event marks the…
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Op Ed: Common Cause Against Coal

An Op-Ed about the partnership between PNW tribes and faith leaders from our very own LeeAnne Beres and Lummi Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James. Publicola August 28, 2014 Earlier this month, the state of Oregon denied Ambre Energy’s permit application for its proposed coal…
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Totem Pole brings “No Coal Exports” message to Spokane

Spokane Faith & Values Tracy Simmons  On Tuesday a 19-foot totem pole, made from western red cedar, rested on the back of a flatbed truck behind St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, pausing from its ongoing journey, so it could be touched, photographed and blessed. The totem…
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Op Ed: Blessing for the Totem Pole Journey

Fantastic faith leader, Rev. Charis Weathers of Echoes Lutheran Church in Bellingham, wrote an eloquent Op-Ed for the August 14 edition of Cascadia Weekly. The piece is a reflection as she prepared a blessing for the kick-off ceremony of the Lummi Nation’s Totem Pole Journey.…
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Op Ed: Monuments nurture our inner well-being

Rev. W. Thomas Soeldner The Spokesman Review July 5, 2014 As a hiker, outdoorsman and retired pastor, I am committed to protecting the wild and scenic places in the natural world found in our national monuments.
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