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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PeaceFul Uprising and Rainforest Action Network Stage a Protest

Posted By on February 23, 2011, 2:17 PM

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Peaceful Uprising and the Rainforest Action Network staged a protest Wednesday on the corner of 200 South and Main Street--- against Ambre Energy, a coal-mining company located in Australia whose North American headquarters are in downtown Salt Lake City. The protest featured street theater, people wielding signs with slogans such as "Stop Coal Exports," speeches from activists and even a guy wearing an inflatable survival bubble.

Last week, Ambre Energy announced it planned to build the first U.S. port on the coast of Longview, Wash., which will be used to export coal mined in Wyoming and Montana overseas. During the protest, Peaceful Uprising and the Rainforest Action Network demanded that Ambre Energy quit exporting coal and move toward clean energy sources.

Ashley Anderson, a member of Peaceful Uprising, said Ambre Energy plans to make more money exporting a dirty, outdated fuel source, which he said “is a really bad idea when there is a transition to renewable energy sources that wont kill us.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal exports are expected to increase to 86.5 million tons this year. Peaceful Uprising believes that coal is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and public health issues, including asthma and cancer. They also believe it is the largest single source of global-warming pollution in America.

Anderson feels strongly that the protest will get Ambre Energy’s attention.

“It is one act of many that are sure to follow,” he said. “Anyone who wants to expand the use of coal is going to meet resistance and public education. They are trying to fly under the radar with this because the reason they are exporting it is because they can make more of a mess when they burn it overseas.”

The protest against Ambre Energy is the first of several planned in Salt Lake City in the days leading up to Tim DeChristopher’s trial, which starts Monday, Feb. 28.

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