Gov. Inslee asked the federal government March 25 to undertake a "thorough examination" of Washington's proposed coal export facilities, as reported in The Bellingham Herald. I have noticed that each time an elected official, citizen group, tribal council, physicians group or other calls for close study of the proposed coal export terminals, the companies and individuals positioned to benefit financially from the projects issue dire warning: "It will cost us!" "This is a bad precedent for business!" I think most Washingtonians see through this and are left wondering what coal port cheerleaders have to hide. If GPT and other coal export projects are such a good idea for our communities, then project proponents should welcome - rather than attempt to thwart - close scrutiny by the public and decision-makers.