We believe in the power of renewable resources and the need to move beyond dirty fossil fuels. Because of that, we are part of the Power Past Coal Coalition, fighting to keep 48 million tons of coal per year off of Washington's train tracks and out of our ports.
We helped start the Western Action Coalition, a student group at Western Washington University, dedicated to stopping the coal export terminals at nearby Cherry Point. The Coalition, which has engaged over 500 members, successfully lobbied the WWU student body to pass an official resolution against the coal terminal.
Fuse supports Governor Inslee's push for responsible climate solutions that give our children a healthy and productive future. In that spirit, we're exposing Big Coal and Big Oil's efforts to undermine Washington's clean energy initiative.
In May, Fuse broke the news in April that the Pacific Coast Coal Company was trying to restart coal blasting at the John Henry mine in Black Diamond, Washington. Fuse obtained a copy of the letter Pacific Coast Coal sent to Black Diamond residents on April 2 notifying them the company "is resuming mining at its John Henry mine," a 110-year old coal pit. Even more disturbingly, the letter informed residents that "Blasting will occur as an essential component of mining operations." You can read the main letter here: http://fusewashington.org/images/coal%20letter.jpg and the blasting notice here: http://fusewashington.org/images/Coal%20letter%20page%202.jpg.
Fuse members across King County responded with an outpouring of grassroots opposition. In less than 2 weeks, more than 1,400 Fuse members submitted comments to federal regulators opposing restarting coal mining and demanding a public hearing before any action is taken. We also worked to bring public attention to this dirty and dangerous proposal through the media. We generated 22 television stories, 3 radio stories, and 7 online news stories in the final week before comments were due.
You can watch our coverage on the KING 5 evening news here:
Q13 evening news:
and KOMO 4 evening news: