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Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Coal trains


Join call to stop export facilities

Thank you, Everett Herald, for having the gumption and the guts to take a stand against the proposed export of coal through the proposed Northwest coal-export facilities. (Sunday editorial, "Coal trains are poor policy.") But I fear that it will be impossible to keep politics out of the solution. That is why it's imperative that our local and state political leaders also join in taking a firm stand against coal exports. The governors of Washington and Oregon can easily see that bringing millions of tons of coal through our states is not in our best interest. So why not come right out and say "No. Not in my state." The potential for devastating environmental pollution, staggering economic burden, and deadly health risks would be our only reward.
Any politician who puts their stamp of approval on this plan is not doing what is best for our state. Period. Not for the sake of 215 jobs. Not for the sake of following party lines. Not for any reason. The people are already doing their part in stopping this madness. Now, it's time for those who have been elected by the people to step up and do everything in their power to keep coal exports out of our state.
The Herald mistakenly noted that 44 metric tons of coal would pass through our state to the terminal in Longview. That, of course, should read 44 million metric tons. And the 18 additional coal trains a day is a minimum number. There could be many more for the goal of the coal companies is on the order of 150 million metric tons of coal to be exported through our state each and every year for many years to come.
If this coal export scenario is not what you envision for our state then I strongly urge you to contact your local, state, and federal elected leaders and let them know that you oppose the export of coal through our state. Join the Everett Herald in saying "Northwest coal-export facilities should be stopped."
Michael Wooten
Stanwood
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