The latest study from the National Academy of Science on the effects of coal burning pollution describes a dismal picture of the health effects and life span in northern China. In a personal way I would add my grandsons' description of the poisonous air quality in the major cities in China where they recently spent eight months as students. The arguments in favor of the Cherry Point coal port are particularly disturbing as an economic boost to this area when I believe there is a systematic blindness of its proponents to the poisonous effects from coal. China is the world's largest user, by far, of coal fuel in its industrial processes. The morality and yes, arrogance of holding economy over human health seems to be an unpleasant truth about the values of our society.