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June 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Army Corps decision irresponsible

One hundred twenty-five cars long, this train being loaded at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana is headed west through Washington State to British Columbia and shipped to plants in the Far East, especially, energy poor countries including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

One hundred twenty-five cars long, this train being loaded at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana is headed west through Washington State to British Columbia and shipped to plants in the Far East, especially, energy poor countries including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

I am writing to express my deep concern and outrage that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen to ignore the multitude of individuals and state agencies that have requested a cumulative analysis of the coal-export proposal. [“Corps review won’t weigh impact of coal beyond NW,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]

A broad, comprehensive review of the true impacts on communities is the only way for our state to gather the information necessary before determining the future of these proposals.

It was quite illuminating that some congressional Republicans view the push to examine the greenhouse-gas emissions of exports as “a troubling trend.” It must seem “troubling” to them that some people are willing to weigh the consequences of decisions made now against the future impacts on our environment and our children.

Colleen Rowe, Edmonds

Coal is widely used in the U.S.

Instead of all the time and expense of going to Washington, D.C., to testify before a subcommittee of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, perhaps Mayor Mike McGinn should order that the city of Seattle do without 42 percent of electricity it uses everyday, the amount of total U.S. electricity demand provided by burning coal.

Eric Tronsen, Seattle

Comments | Topics: coal, coal train, coal use

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