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September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Ignore promises of jobs for coal, crude oil exports

Widespread damage will result

The  proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, and the coal trains it would bring, have been an issue of hot debate among Washingtonians. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, and the coal trains it would bring, have been an issue of hot debate among Washingtonians. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Proponents of inundating Washington with coal and crude-oil exports are currently spending tens of millions of dollars on a sophisticated public-relations offensive, promising jobs and environmental protection.

Please take that message with a grain of salt. Realize it was crafted by a skilled advertising agency to manipulate you into believing there may be some benefit to welcoming massive amounts of toxic cargo into our communities and waterways.

There is not.

Their single goal is to ease your conscious into ignoring the widespread damage these proposals will inflict, if approved and built, on Washington.

Phil Brooke, Centralia

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