“Momenta” Documentary Addresses Coal Exports in Pacific Northwest

“Momenta” Documentary Addresses Coal Exports in Pacific Northwest


Protect Our Winters Releases Coal Export Documentary, presented by SNOCRU
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (May 27, 2014)

This week, global climate change nonprofit Protect Our Winters and production company Plus M Productions released their new documentary, Momenta, telling the story of a Pacific Northwest coal project that is threatening the global environment on a scale greater than the Keystone Pipeline.

With American demand for coal in decline, the American coal industry has turned its attention to rapidly expanding Asian markets. The Powder River Project plan is to extract 140 million pounds of coal per year from the Powder River Basin and ship it overseas via deep-water ports in Washington and Oregon. Each day, over fifty mile-and-a-half-long trains, laden with Powder River coal, will travel from Wyoming and Montana, thundering through hundreds of rural towns to ports in the Pacific Northwest. The near-constant stream of escaping coal dust imposes toxic environmental pollutants and a myriad of health risks on the communities through which the trains travel.

On a global scale, environmental experts warn that the amount of carbon emissions produced by burning the Powder River coal deposit would result in cataclysmic and irreversible impacts on global climate change.
Momenta features interviews with prominent experts and environmental activists in locations already feeling the effects of the coal trains and who stand to be affected by the increased coal impacts throughout the entire length of the coal train route.

The film, presented by SNOCRU, features activist and author Bill McKibben, is narrated by world-renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, and features Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder, activist and founder of Protect Our Winters and pro snowboarder, Lucas Debari.

Watch the film trailer:

MOMENTA – Official Trailer from Plus M Productions on Vimeo.


“Our members in the Pacific Northwest asked us to get involved,” said Jeremy Jones. “The permitting process for these ports is in full-swing and we’ve got to raise awareness and activate communities now. There are better ways to produce energy and create jobs. And now is the time to transition.”

The goal of the film is to raise awareness on national scale of this immense issue, while also serving as an advocacy tool for the nonprofit partners in these locations to help continue their fight. Ultimately, POW wants to see the closure of the deep water ports in Longview WA and Bellingham, WA, which would ultimately force the coal companies to re-think their export strategy.

That coal has to stay in the ground. You can’t make the math of climate change work if you get
the huge coal deposits of the Powder River Basin out and pour them into the atmosphere.

— Bill McKibben, world-renowned author, scholar and environmentalist
The film releases today supported by an eight-city June/July film tour, in partnership with K2 Sports in cities that include: Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Bozeman, Billings, Missoula and Jackson, WY.

The film is also being made available to local nonprofits at no cost to aid with their local advocacy efforts. Additional screenings will take place in partnership with POW’s snow sports industry partners, at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City in August and at select film festivals throughout the year.

For more information, or to schedule a screening, please visit www.momentaproject.com or email POW’s Development Director Matt McClain at matt@protectourwinters.org

Here are the first four stops of the tour:
Monday 6/16 – Bellingham, WA. Pickford Film Center. 7:30 pm
Tuesday 6/17 – Tacoma, WA. Location and time TBD
Wednesday 6/18 – Seattle, WA. Admiral Theater. 7:30 pm
Thursday 6/19 – Spokane, WA. Bing Crosby Theater. 7:30 pm.

About Protect Our Winters
Founded in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change. Our focus is on educational initiatives, advocacy and support of community-based projects.
To find out more about Protect Our Winters, please visit us at www.protectourwinters.org.

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