A section of railway along the North Coast of California, in Humboldt county, is being eyed for restoration just so it can transport polluting, dangerous coal through vulnerable ecosystems and communities. Humboldt is also a disproportionately impoverished community, with a death rate 40% higher than the state average.
Restoring this roadway to export coal would be a clear example of environmental injustice. Not only would this plan extend our country’s reliance on coal as a global energy source, and contribute to greenhouse gas production, but the train tracks are literally just feet away from the drinking water source for nearly one million Californians.
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Coal is a dying industry that has contributed greatly to turning earth into a dying planet. We are on the verge of a climate crisis, and we should be investing the majority of our state and federal infrastructure dollars into sustainable and green alternatives.
There is no reason the state of California should be spending money restoring a railway for coal exports. We need to be cutting our emissions, not expanding them. Sign this petition to oppose coal expansion in Humboldt County, California!
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- Petition: Call for Restrictions on Corporate Lobbying to Promote Climate Action
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