HOLDING THE THIN GREEN LINE
The term – the Thin Green Line – was coined by Eric de Place, policy director at the Sightline Institute in Seattle. It refers to the uniquely powerful position in which climate activists in the Pacific Northwest find themselves, as the fossil fuel industry targets this region for massive coal, oil and natural gas export facilities. The ports along the lower Columbia River are the closest and most economical points from which to ship all the fossil fuel being dug up in the middle of North America to markets in Asia. If communities along this route can stop these projects, all this coal, oil and gas will have no where to go, and will have to be left in the ground, where it can safely be sequestered for millennia to come and we can prevent massive amounts of carbon dioxide from worsening climate chaos.
THESE ARE THE GROUPS WHO ARE WORKING TO STOP FOSSIL FUEL DEVELOPMENT IN SW WASHINGTON.
Current proposals include the Vancouver Energy (Tesoro-Savage) oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver, USA (which would be the largest oil export terminal in North America), Millenium Coal Export Terminal in Longview, Washington (which would be the largest coal export in North America) and the Northwest Innovations Methanol Refinery in Kalama, Washington (which would be the largest methanol refinery in the world)
Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the San Juans
The Lands Council
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
Sierra Club Washington State Chapter
Sierra Club Oregon Chapter
Washington Conservation Voters
Washington Environmental Council
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility