For or Agin’ Coal Trains
Do I have to admire RE-Sources dedication to the envirionment even if I feel like they are lyin’ through their teeth?
According to BNSF we already have 6 coal trains per day coming through our county on their way to Point Roberts and RE-Sources says that when the SSA Gateway Terminal is opened then the coal pollution from the predicted 18 trains per day will be intolerable.
…these 15,000-ton trains will lose three percent of their load in transit or 1,780,000 short tons of coal dust spread annually from the Powder River Basin to the terminal. RE-Sources
Well, no not exactly. I just checked along the tracks and see no evidence of coal pollution, nothing dead or blackened. Things were mostly green and spring like from all that I could see. So three times no pollution to speak of is still no pollution to speak of. So I’m left with no alternative but to believe that it is RE-Sources and not the trains that are blowing coal dust.
However, regardless of how much I feel RE-Sources is blowing coal dust to the public regarding coal pollution, I find myself somewhat on the same side of the SSA terminal proposal. I’m in favor of a cargo terminal at Cherry Point and I’m not opposed to it’s primary cargo being coal. But I am opposed to this proposal because the primary customer for the coal is not within our nation, it is China. Run a coal train right out to Cherry Point on their way to Alaska, Oregon, California and I’ll happy wave to them as they rumble by, but don’t ship US coal to a foreign nation.
Because we live in a world currently powered primarily by fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil, and because a good portion of the suppliers of crude oil are unstable and openly hostile towards our nation, I consider all US fossil fuels to be strategic reserves. If and/or when the Middle East becomes too unstable or radioactive to supply us with oil, I for one, would like to still be sitting on a large pile of coal. Our national leaders haven’t come to this realization yet, and started addressing it with legislation, but they will.
I’m not in favor of a coal port to China, but neither am I in favor of the RE Sources environmental political speak.