Power Past Coal

coaltrainCoal companies, seeing little future growth domestically, have a new plan: strip-mine coal in Montana and Wyoming, transport it on long coal trains and massive cargo ships through Washington and Oregon, and sell it to Asia.

All major religious denominations are questioning the use of coal as a power source. Mining, processing, and burning coal destroys creation in many ways, from the ravaged mountain tops of the Appalachian plateau to coal ash landslides and toxic sediment in river valleys. Global warming pollution from coal plants exacerbates droughts and floods for the poorest of God’s children around the world, those whose meager crops require a reliable climate for subsistence.

WAIPL-coal-hearing-MAPS-editFaith communities have been influential in each aspect of the transition away from coal and toward clean energy. We do this because of our love of creation, and our call to justice and the common good.

Earth Ministry leads the faith voice in the Power Past Coal campaign. Unite your voice in stewardship for creation.

News and Events


Totem Pole Journey - Spokane

Aug 26, 2014, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - 127 East 12th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202

Please join our community at St. John’s Cathedral, Earth Ministry, local families, environmental groups, friends, and neighbors to bless the Lummi House of Tears' totem pole on its journey.

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Totem Pole Journey - Seattle

Aug 29, 2014, 11:00am - 12:30pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral - 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98118

Please join our community at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Earth Ministry, local families, environmental groups, friends, and neighbors to bless the Lummi House of Tears' totem pole on its journey.

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Department of Ecology says it will take a broad scope on Longview Coal Export Terminal

The Washington Department of Ecology listened to the people and the more than 215,000 comments they received last fall on coal export and has announced that they will be protecting the people of the northwest by taking into account all of the impacts of the coal export process.
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Totem Pole Journey Reaches Washington

The journey protests the degradation of native lands and waters from fossil fuel extraction and export. export.
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Record comments on proposed Longview coal export terminal

More than 165,000 public comments have been submitted as part of the environmental review process for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA. Nearly 100 religious leaders were among the thousands who testified against coal export at five hearings in Longview, Vancouver, Pasco, Spokane, and Tacoma. Clergy served as emcees at pre-hearing rallies in three of the cities.
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Washington’s Catholic Bishops call for an "exhaustive and independent review" of proposed coal export terminals

Earth Ministry/WAIPL worked closely with the Washington State diocese, supporting them in their discernment and research to come out with the statement. The bishops wrote to “urge Catholics, people of every faith and all people of good will to join us in calling for a…
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Further Resources

Testimony Against Coal Export by the Rev. Hunt Priest, Earth Ministry Board Member and Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island