Coal outta Richmond!
Mile-long coal trains of 100 open railcars run through Richmond’s residential neighborhoods and are unloaded at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, only a few blocks from homes, schools, and workplaces.
As we transition to a fossil-free future, the coal industry is maintaining its profits by increasing exports. Coal-burning power plants in China, Korea and Japan make West Coast ports such as Richmond prime targets for coal exports. These power plants have been cited as being a main reason for the increase in the carbon that is accelerating our climate emergency. Climate doesnâ€™t care where the coal is burned.
Between the mines in Utah and the port, each rail car can lose up to 500 pounds of coal in the form of dust, according to information provided by the railroads. Once the coal reaches the waterfront terminal, the coal stacked in huge open-air piles that the wind and rain can carry into the air and Bay waters.
Join the movement to end the shipment of toxic and climate-destroying coal and petroleum coke from Richmond!
A critical part of this campaign is reaching out to coal-dust–impacted Richmond residents. No Coal in Richmond is now canvassing to spread awareness and collect signatures on a letter to the Richmond City Council demanding immediate action on this public health and climate hazard. Could you schedule a few hours with us?
Door-to-door Canvassing, Sunday 2/24
When: 1:30–5 pm
Where: Meet at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 2540 Macdonald Ave.
No Coal in Richmond is a group of concerned residents seeking to stop the export of coal from the Levin-Richmond Terminal, including: Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment, Sunflower Alliance, Richmond Progressive Alliance and No Coal in Oakland.