How much the city of Bellingham cares about its environment is one of the things the city is well known for. I applaud how students at Western years ago were able to get the school to use cleaner energy from sources such as windmills. I love the outcry from the city about the quality of the drinking water from Lake Whatcom and the necessary precautions the city is taking to stabilize the pollution and water quality to the point where we can one day reverse the damage that was done.
What I don't understand is how the idea of having a coal train going through the city to export coal to China is even a controversy. Yes, it will make jobs; but I believe the environmental cost to a city with strong morals regarding the environment will be substantial over time, not only to the city of Bellingham but the whole world. Locally, I believe the coal in the coal train will release dust that is very bad for the air quality and outside of Bellingham the greenhouse gases from the combustion of coal is terrible for the general air quality and global warming which affects the world that we are a part of.
If the people of Bellingham want to be "eco friendly" as much as I've seen in the past, then the idea of a coal train going through Bellingham consistently is a very scary thought for us.