The coal-export terminal in Longview would be a losing proposition on every level, from the congestion, air pollution and derailment risks it would impose on residents all along the Columbia River coal-train route to the carbon emissions it would generate from China [“Coal terminal rejection affirms tribal rights,” Opinion, May 12].
All this for a project that makes no sense financially, since the market in China for U.S. coal is tanking along with our domestic coal industry. Science, economics and the 2015 global climate agreement in Paris all tell us that we need to be moving decisively away from projects like this and toward renewable energy and energy efficiency as rapidly as possible. That is the real source of good jobs that can’t be outsourced for many decades to come and is the pathway for our kids to still enjoy a livable planet.
Rachel Lodge, Seattle