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COAL: Future is in clean energy, not coal

Letter by Owen Atkins, Tacoma on June 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm | 124 Comments »
June 15, 2012 2:30 pm

Re: “Reject plan for coal export terminals” (Your Voice, 6-12).

Pacific Lutheran University Professor Kevin O’Brien is on the right track in his opposition to coal export terminals in our state. As a longtime resident of Old Town, I am sickened by the idea of 18 to 20 new mile-long coal trains running day and night along the Ruston Way waterfront.

The health, safety and traffic issues are enormous, but so are the economic implications. Coal is a 19th-century energy source. We shouldn’t be a resource colony for this archaic and dangerous commodity. We can do better for our workers as well as for the kids who play down on the Ruston Way waterfront, Titlow and our other beautiful beaches.

The future is clean energy. At the same time we are phasing out the last coal plant in Washington, promoting coal export would be a giant step backward. We should be manufacturing and exporting solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles and other clean technologies to Asia, not the other way around.

Keep the coal trains out of Tacoma.

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