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June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Army Corps of Engineers has narrow scope for coal review

Carbon emissions must be considered

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.]

My faith in The Seattle Times’ editorial balance has been boosted with Lance Dickie’s column on the Army Corps of Engineer’s review of the proposed coal export and mile-long trains through Western Washington. [“Corps should broaden coal review,” Opinion, June 21.]

Disruption of our cities and coal dust littered along side of every mile of train track used beg a more thoughtful review. However, as the president announces the proposed limitations on carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, the emissions of the inevitable burning of this coal in plants around the world should be more broadly viewed. These plants, be they existing or yet to be built, will not provide protection against further carbon emissions.

Coal-fired power plants represent one of the largest activities contributing to pollution of the environment. Thanks for at least proposing a broader review of the region’s next major decision.

Ron Quist, Seattle

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