A big thank you to the Department of Ecology and Gov. Jay Inslee for standing up for protection in the northwest. I'm pleased that the State of Washington is including rail impacts along the entire train line. These trains don't just materialize at the Washington state border, I believe the impacts of increased coal traffic have a significant effect on air quality in Montana, Idaho and Washington cities.
Coal is the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel available. I believe becoming a gateway for coal export would fly in the face of our region's evergreen leadership in the clean energy economy. I believe shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year to Asia through West Coast ports would spread toxins in dozens of communities along the rail line, clogging railroads and ports, risking our health, polluting our environment, and contributing to climate change. Must we soon come to be known as the everblack state?