Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Barges to transport coal between Oregon and China are closer to reality
Coal trains will cause irreversible damages
I oppose coal trains moving through Washington state to our ports and any development to support this polluting industry [“Letters signed to construct barges for coal export,” seattletimes.com, July 28].
The proposed coal trains coming from Montana and Wyoming to Washington state ports, carrying some 150 million tons of coal a year, would create irreversible local and global damages.
The dirty coal is destined for China and will come back to us as toxic air, acid rain and climate chaos. Take a look at wasteland created by big coal in Appalachia. The Pacific Northwest’s environment, cities and people are poised to be sacrificed to coal mining and become a neocolonial extraction economy.
This pillaging of the public commons for the short-term profit of multinational mining corporations will leave us with the bill while Big Coal takes the cash. Big Coal is trying to sell us out with a “thousands of jobs” enticement. We’ll be left with black lungs, a poisoned environment and the costs of mitigation and cleanup.
These costs are simply too high.
— Linda Boyd, Clyde Hill