I spent 40 years in the maritime industry. I worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle for a steamship company. I spent eight years working for a stevedoring company in Seattle. And I worked for 20 years as a maritime consultant and expert witness. I also served as chairman of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber…More
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A modest win-win proposal
Brian M. Rosenthal’s report about former Attorney General Rob McKenna’s lobbying gig on behalf of Montana and North Dakota coal interests raises several issues [On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional,” Online, Nov. 21].
It’s a modest win-win proposal that might help the coal dust, acid rain and diesel particulates go down a little easier on the Washington state end of the business and help avoid infringing on the rights of Montana and North Dakota citizens to mine and move their coal.
Quit coal Bravo for your excellent series on the causes and costs of ocean acidification. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] It is a tragedy of unimaginable scope. The carbon dioxide responsible for this disaster is created by transportation and power plants that use fossil fuels. Coal is the dirtiest of those fuels. Why then is Puget…More
Widespread damage will result 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…More
Beating the weather 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…More
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…More
Pollution should be main focus of debate With all the talk of long waits at crossings and jobs that will be produced with coal terminals, I find it amazing that no one addresses the elephant in the room. [“Coal, jobs and climate change the debate,” Business, July 7.] By shipping tons of coal to China so…More
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…More
Carbon emissions must be considered My faith in The Seattle Times’ editorial balance has been boosted with Lance Dickie’s column on the Army Corps of Engineer’s review of the proposed coal export and mile-long trains through Western Washington. [“Corps should broaden coal review,” Opinion, June 21.] Disruption of our cities and coal dust littered along side…More
Deal is unwise, harmful Will someone please stop the insanity? I read with horror and disbelief that the Crow Tribe of Billings, Mont., has struck a real bowzer of a “deal” in its plans to mine at Powder River Basin, shipping more than 20 million additional tons of coal through Oregon and Washington annually. [“Montana...More