2 days to stop 67 million tons of global warming pollution

by Kelly Mitchell

May 29, 2013

A loaded BNSF coal train sits on the tracks in downtown Gillette.

© Greenpeace / Tim Aubry

BNSF Coal Train in USA There are only two days left in the first public comment period on a decision that determines whether 67 million tons of global warming pollution stays in the ground. The Department of the Interior (DOI) is about to let an Australian company called Ambre Energy dig up hundreds of acres of public lands to expand its West Decker Coal Mine in Montana. All for more of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel on the planet. The impact of this one mine is astonishing.Coal produced from the mines expansion would release as much carbon pollution as 14 million cars do in a year. Ambre wants to keep these processes with the DOI quick, quiet and out of the public eye. But if we flood the DOI with public comments, we can shine a spotlight on this climate disaster to stop it from moving forward. With only two days remaining before the first public comment period deadline, every comment counts. Make a comment now to keep millions of tons of coal in the ground where it belongs. This coal mine isnt just bad news for the climate. Its also an exploitation of our public lands for corporate profits. The federal coal leasing program run by the DOI has already given coal companies $29 billion in subsidies by selling the rights to publicly-owned coal for a fraction of what its worth. Ambre Energy wants to mine more publicly-owned coal at low costs, and then sell that coal overseas at inflated prices for bigger returns. Coal companies like Ambre win, people and the climate lose. Its time to stop the exploitation of our public lands and the climate for the benefit of Ambre Energys bottom line. There are just two days left to add your voice. Thanks to supporters like you, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has heard from the public about the problems with the DOIs coal leasing program since day one of her term. But our campaign won't stop until she takes action to end it permanently. The West Decker Coal Mine expansion like the entire DOI coal leasing program is undermining the Obama administration's commitment to reduce global warming pollution. If we're going to be serious about fighting climate change, then we have to get serious about the biggest sources of global warming pollution. We can't be drilling for oil in the Arctic or building the Keystone XL pipeline.And we certainly can't be opening up new federal lands to coal mining. New fossil fuel projects like the West Decker Coal Mine threaten to send our climate past a point of no return.Together we have to stop them.
Kelly Mitchell

By Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell is the Energy Campaign Director for Greenpeace, based in Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked with activists and organizations across the country to confront corporate polluters and transform U.S. energy policy. She currently leads Greenpeace's campaign for an economy powered by 100 percent renewable energy, pushing some of the largest companies in the world to embrace wind and solar and working alongside communities to develop a just and democratic energy system.

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