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August 8, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Cherry Point project review continues

We must stand up for the environment

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in Quebec, Saturday, July 6. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. [AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson.]

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in Quebec, Saturday, July 6. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. [AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson.]

As a young person growing up in the 21st century, my biggest concern is climate change. I’m scared, as are other young people, about what our future will be on this warming planet. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.]

Thousands of people have expressed concern over the proposed coal trains running through Washington. Now there’s another project on the rise: export of crude oil from Washington ports, potentially dealing with tar sands oil. My hope fades.

This oil is deadly in more ways than one. On July 6, a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, resulting in a fiery explosion and 47 residents missing or dead. Spills are deadly to the ecosystem, too. The Gulf of Mexico has yet to recover from the BP oil spill of 2010.

As Washingtonians, we need to ask ourselves if we will let our ecosystem suffer the effects of coal and crude oil, or will we lobby to protect our climate? Will we enable the burning of more fossil fuels on this warming planet, which our children will soon inherit? I won’t.

Sara Grendon, Seattle

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