Today the Oregon Department of State Lands has denied a permit necessary for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.
Well, good for them. But, in a larger sense, we are celebrating a victory over a proposal that had severe environmental costs and no redeeming features: it should not have been approved by Ambre Energy, let alone by the many levels of government which have already signed off on it.
Corporate capitalism has its place in a Green future with uniformly sustainable economic activity. Large-scale exploitation of coal energy, of course not; small-scale renewables, certainly.
Victory (if this is not a false alarm) in stopping large-scale coal exports through the Columbia River ports is merely stopping hitting ourselves in the head with a sharp instrument; it is not the first step, even, toward a harmonious relationship with the environment and with the life around us.