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COAL: Don’t prolong review of export terminal

Letter by Mark P. Martinez, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm with No Comments »
October 28, 2013 11:00 am

Re: “Effects of coal terminals go beyond traffic” (Viewpoint, 10-22).

If a global environmental impact statement is needed for a commodity like coal, what would prevent similar studies for apples, wheat or airplanes? How would that impact the Port of Tacoma’s many jobs and tax revenue? I believe international trade from our port would slow, endangering 43,000 port-related jobs and disrupt $90 million in local and state tax revenues.

What about the goods we import from Asia? What would prevent an EIS on your shoes from Vietnam, your electronics from China or your clothes from India? These countries will continue to burn coal from less environmentally responsible places to power their economies. And unless you buy 100 percent American-made goods, you contribute to the demand for that energy.

A long, drawn-out environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Terminal project delays the development of 2,600 jobs in Longview – old-fashioned skilled trades’ jobs that pay good wages, family health care benefits and pensions for a dignified retirement.

Too bad they aren’t the supposed “green” jobs some imagine will save us. Maybe they would get more respect.

 

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