Wouldn't trade climate for jobs

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 17, 2014 

A recent letter to the editor writer voiced support for the Gateway Pacific Terminal by citing information in the glossy company publication, calling opponents "naysayers." They include scientists, doctors, teachers, pastors, college students, Indian tribes, etc., as well as ordinary citizens like myself. The permit calls for only 269 permanent jobs (read it online). No mention is made about the number of jobs that would be lost. Compare this with the negative impacts -- 18 more 1.5-mile trains per day (on top of new ones for oil and possibly propane and butane), with their diesel fumes and coal dust and extended wait times at crossings. Over 200 more huge ships would come into our beautiful waters yearly. We would have a six-story uncovered coal pile on the shore, and they propose using our precious water to try to keep the dust down. Many people can attest to the dust emitted from the terminal in Canada. The coal would go to China, adding to their pollution. Recent articles in The Herald cite the National Climate Assessment report indicating the negative effects of climate change already affecting us. Why do anything to add to this dismal picture? If wanting to protect the wonderful area where we live makes me a selfish environmentalist, then I welcome the title. Our economy is improving, and we do not need these jobs.

Patricia Vavrick

Blaine

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