Renewable Energy Accountability Project (REAP) Salutes Santa Barbara Assemblyman Das Williams For Anti-Coal Export Resolution
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Renewable Energy Accountability Project (REAP) salutes the Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) for introducing a legislative resolution (AJR 35) to prevent the toxic trade of dirty coal shipments from West Coast ports. AJR 35 is sponsored by the Renewable Energy Accountability Project.
“The Renewable Energy Accountability Project congratulates Assemblyman Williams for his courage and strong commitment to environmental protection,” said Jim Gonzalez, Chair of REAP.
AJR 35 would urge Congress to restrict coal exports to any nation which has greenhouse gas emissions standards or hazardous air pollutants restrictions weaker than those adopted by the United States. AJR 35 would also require California Governor Jerry Brown to inform Governors Gregoire of Washington and Kitzhaber of Oregon of the significant health risks if coal export terminals and rail car coal transport expansions were permitted to be built on or near the coast of Oregon and Washington.
Exports of coal from the United States to Asia have risen 240% to over 13 million tons in 2010. Most of this coal is exported to China, which burns 48% of the world’s coal, the largest contributor to global warming pollution. In 2010 China emitted over 8.3 billion tons of global warming pollution, most of which is tied directly to burning coal for electricity generation.
“Just as the United States is taking action to control hazardous air pollution and a global warming emission from coal plants, Big Coal is engaging is a campaign for make the West Coast a colony for toxic coal shipments. Unless we prevent this toxic contamination of the West Coast, all the work to reduce global warming and curb climate change will be in vain,” concluded Jim Gonzalez, Chair of the Renewable Energy Accountability Project.
The Renewable Energy Accountability Project is a leading national grass roots environmental organization committed to achieving clean energy independence and ending global warming pollution.
SOURCE Renewable Energy Accountability Project