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December 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Build export terminals, but not for coal

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…


0 Comments | More in Coal terminal | Topics: coal, Seattle

November 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Bury nuclear waste in Montana and North Dakota coal mines

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.


0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal, environment, Hanford

September 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Sea Change

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…


0 Comments | More in Economy, Environment | Topics: acidification, carbon dioxide, coal

September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Ignore promises of jobs for coal, crude oil exports

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…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal, crude oil, environment

August 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Coal exports in Washington

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…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: climate change, coal, coal terminal

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…


0 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…


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

June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Army Corps of Engineers has narrow scope for coal review

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…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, carbon dioxide, coal

June 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Coal deal between Montana tribe and energy company

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...


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: cherry point, coal, coal mining

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