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April 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Northwest coal exports cause controversy

Leave coal in the ground

While leaders make progress on reducing coal’s use in power plants across the nation, the more attention given to the absurd notion that climate effects somehow shouldn’t apply to exports, the better [“Across the Northwest, coal exports stir a fight,” page one, April 28].

With leaders of the fight against Keystone, proponents of new energy solutions and others urging President Obama to provide leadership on climate issues, I think the Northwest is already doing a lot to provide global leadership in curbing emissions. But the region would really be dealt a blow if mired in the juxtaposition of becoming the largest coal-export hub in the country.

Whether we’re talking shaky finances and likely broken promises of coal companies, regional effects on fishing, negative traffic effects to local businesses and emergency services, or global effects from adding to the coal burned in Asia, I think it’s clear that this coal should just stay in the ground.

Craig Toohey, Seattle

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