Seattle City Council Votes to Oppose Coal Export
Upon the urging of Rev. Carla Pryne, co-founder of Earth Ministry, the Seattle City Council voted unamimously to oppose coal export through Seattle and all of Washington.
On May 29th, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to oppose exporting dirty coal through our city and our state. Faith community leaders from several churches joined a full council chamber to say NO to coal and YES to a clean energy future.
Speaking for over 200 local churches, Rev. Carla Pryne, co-founder of Earth Ministry and Episcopal priest, testified that coal leads to a dead-end future. She made it clear that religious leaders oppose coal export from Washington ports because uncovered coal trains will disrupt local communities, coal dust will pollute surrounding neighborhoods, and harbors and fishing grounds will be damaged.
Seattle joins nine other cities across the Northwest in saying no to coal. The proposed coal port in Bellingham ninety miles to the north would export up to 48 million tons of coal per year to Asia, all of it rumbling through Seattle on trains. If you wish to join Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light in opposing coal export from a moral and religious perspective, click here to sign our faith leaders letter.