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November 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Puget Sound coal terminal is a jobs issue

Keep coal-terminal jobs in the U.S.

Opponents of building a coal terminal in the Puget Sound area are confusing two issues: the transport of coal and coal’s contribution to global warming.

First, it is well within our ability to transport coal in a safe, environmentally responsible manner — concerns about coal dust’s impact on health as if it were the equivalent of actually working in a mine without a respirator notwithstanding.

Second, there is no way to prevent coal mined in North America from being exported, whether it goes through American ports or Canadian ones. And with so many Americans still out of work, it makes no sense to export these coal-terminal jobs to Canada, too.

Finally, voluntarily reducing exports of American coal will do nothing to reduce global warming. The Chinese will simply buy their coal elsewhere, again, sending American coal-producing jobs elsewhere as well. Aside from the purely technical aspects of environmentally safe transport, this is first and foremost a jobs issue, and one that American workers cannot afford to lose.

Nick Kavadas, Port Angeles

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal terminal, environment

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