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28 Jul 2014
29 Jul 2014
Activists protest at coal exporter offices
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 states ConnectOregon grant program to support Ambres 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 thats struggling to court investors, said Jody Wiser of Tax Fairness Oregon, who spoke at Tuesdays 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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