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November 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Cherry Point coal train plans raise concerns

Research shows increased traffic

One has to chuckle listening to Mayor Mike McGinn's concern regarding the effect of coal trains on traffic, given his complete lack of concern about the effect on traffic of a third sports stadium [“Report: Coal trains would snarl traffic,” NWTuesday, Nov. 6].

– Dick Schwartz, Seattle

Too much potential damage

Recently, I have been hearing or noticing more and more about the issues with the exportation of coal to China and other parts of Asia. I do not think Canada or the U.S. should export coal anywhere; I think the use of coal in modern and developed countries is obsolete and needs to be ended.

I know coal is very harmful to the environment and ozone layer when burned, but that doesn’t come close to the damage it causes the world. Mining the coal sands and mountains in Canada and America causes damage, puts more pollution into the local environment and then more pollution is released transporting this unrefined coal over 5,200 miles to China.

Transporting fuel over 5,000 miles uses almost more energy than the coal contains, and China needs so much energy that using coal is becoming more and more inefficient.

I hope the coal-exporting industry does not continue to spread into Washington and the rest of America.

—Jake Pankanin, Bellingham

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