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Activists protest at coal exporter offices

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY  - A protester going by the alias 'Mr. CEO of Ambre Energy' performs street theater at the rally against coal exporter Ambre Energy's Portland office outside the PacWest Center office tower. Environmental activists from Greenpeace, Tax Fairness Oregon and other groups took their protest against Northwest coal exports to the Portland offices of Ambre Energy this week.

Activists are opposing a proposal to use $2 million from the state’s ConnectOregon grant program to support Ambre’s proposed coal export terminal at Port Westward on the Columbia River.

“It makes no sense to provide subsidies for a risky Australian coal export company that’s struggling to court investors,” said Jody Wiser of Tax Fairness Oregon, who spoke at Tuesday’s protest. “The cycle of corporate welfare has to end,” she said.

Activists reportedly sent 3,000 messages to Ambre's main financial backer, Resource Capital Funds, asking it to drop its investment in the Australian company.

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