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February 18, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Coal trains: Kudos for reviewing the Longview terminal

As a young person deeply concerned about climate change, I am very proud of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Ecology for taking a stand and requiring a broad environmental impact statement for the Longview coal export terminal proposal [“Proposed coal terminal near Longview faces broad review,” Local News, Feb….


Comments | More in Climate change, Coal train | Topics: coal terminal, Coal trains, Gov. Jay Inslee

August 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Coal-study findings recently released by Seattle mayor

Impacts are important I am shocked at Lauri Hennessey’s misleading, unsupported comments about Mayor Mike McGinn regarding the coal-export study. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] I hope readers will look at the actual study and note for themselves the many negative impacts for Seattle that coal-train plans would bring. People need to…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal exports, Coal trains, environmental impact

August 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The impact of the coal trains and exports in Washington

The law of unintended consequences I recently stopped at a railroad crossing and was amazed at the length of time it took to wait for the coal train to pass. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] It was at least five minutes, which made us do the math. If 18 additional coal…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal exports, Coal trains, impact

July 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fossil fuels and global warming

China will get its coal somewhere The letters that I read in The Times bearing on the subject of coal trains advance the proposition that not exporting coal to China will have a positive effect on stemming global warming. [“Northwest Voices: Coal terminals and air pollution,” Opinion, July 10.] This is naive. If the United States…


Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Politics | Topics: biocarbon, carbon, carbon tax

July 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Congested cities concerned about coal-train traffic

Congestion is a make-or-break issue So Ken Miller, of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, doesn’t believe the rail congestion is a make-or-break issue. [“Coal trains a concern for congested cities,” page one, June 30.] Many would disagree with that. If Millennium Bulk builds out to full capacity, there will be a minimum of 16 unit trains…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Transportation | Topics: bridge, coal, Coal trains

May 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Northwest coal exports

More extensive study needed It is extremely disappointing that the Army Corps of Engineers is intending to do only a limited study of the impacts of coal terminals in Oregon and Washington [“Group asks for big picture in Northwest coal-ports decision,” News, May 25]. Thousands of people gave their input on this very subject last November…


Comments | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, coal exports, coal industry

May 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Proposals to ship coal by train through Northwest ports

Keep the coal in the ground Roger McClellan expresses discomfort with the way activists are using anecdotal evidence of health impacts of coal dust to justify the coal-train protests. [“Let science, not conjecture, guide discussion of coal-train dangers,” Opinion, May 10.] As a climate scientist, I feel a similar sense of discomfort when I hear political activists…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal, coal industry, Coal trains

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