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August 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Coal exports in Washington

Beating the weather

A long train carrying coal heads north along the Seattle waterfront en-route to Vancouver, BC. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

A long train carrying coal heads north along the Seattle waterfront en-route to Vancouver, BC. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

Leading up to the Seattle mayoral elections, we find yet another discrediting article on Mike McGinn. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.]

Still unexamined is how the 18 coal trains each day will keep rolling along during the routine track closures from seasonal mudslides between Seattle and Everett.

Maybe the Times-endorsed candidate and former state Senate budget czar Ed Murray can “collaborate” a fix in the weather?

Peter Beaulieu, Shoreline

Two stories, one global issue

I found it interesting that, on Aug. 20, one front-page article addressed the worldwide cost [“Scientists: sea level may rise 3 feet by 2100,” page one, Aug. 20], and another the local cost, of continuing to burn fossil fuels at a breakneck pace.

The report on the impact of 18 coal trains per day through Seattle had significant consequences for our own community in terms of dollars and cents, but also to our health and safety.

The article on the worldwide impact of increasing carbon dioxide output, translated from the impassive scientific terms and even in its least extreme predictions, sounded nothing short of catastrophic to the global community.

When will we come to our senses and insist that our country turn away from this path to disaster and invest in clean alternative energy sources?

Lisa Dekker, Seattle

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