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What a great guest column in The Seattle Times [“Halt proposed oil-by-rail terminal”, Opinion, Nov. 30]. Finally, a well-written piece by the people most involved — the firefighters, a union president and a local businessman.

While Big Oil would like you to think that it always has your best interests at heart, notice that: There still aren’t any oil cars in use today that would withstand a puncture when moving above 12 mph; no one wants an oil terminal in their backyard; once an oil train explodes, firefighters and rescue personnel can do very little until the fire burns down; and oil use just adds to our climate woes.

If world leaders at the climate talks in Paris follow the same enlightened vision as these three columnists, there’s hope for planet Earth yet.

Mike Shaw, Edmonds