The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi99° Hot

Tonight

Lo70° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi96° Hot

Friday Night

Lo71° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi96° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Saturday Night

Lo71° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi97° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo73° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Partly Cloudy

Coal questions and no answers

Send to Kindle
Print This
“Unless we can stop these coal terminals from being built and keep our coal in the ground where it belongs, Washington state coal exports will be responsible for hastening the advance of climate change here at home and around the world,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in testimony before Congress Tuesday. Well, that’s the real issue, isn’t it? The proposal to export Powder River Basin coal to Asia from ports in Washington and Oregon is being fought by the environmental community nationwide, with all the power and fright it can muster. Many issues are raised, from the diesel exhaust and coal dust pollution from train after train after train, to traffic congestion and infrastructure overload and related economic disruption. Interesting issues, but small compared with the real concern: Burning coal for electricity, anywhere, contributes mightily to atmospheric greenhouse gases and climate change, so selling coal to China will increase worldwide greenhouse emissions and threaten the environment. Forbid China that coal, and leave it in the ground as McGinn suggests, and it won’t be burned, therefore greenhouse gas emissions will be less.

View my optionsorSign in