As a chemist, I believe that the manner in which Wechsler and Felleman attempt to make their case in opposition to the proposed coal terminal in their recent op-ed piece misses key points as to what is so wrong with the proposed coal terminal. We do need good industrial jobs now. We also need good industrial jobs later. What needs to be understood is that export of coal to China directly contributes to the de-industrialization of our country. This is an economic battle in which China is playing its hand very wisely. Standard economic analyses demonstrate that countries with higher-value products will gain economic strength. Countries which rely on export of raw materials are left with third-world nation status. Export of our coal provides China with a cheap energy source. Tying up our rail lines to facilitate fossil fuel exports is negatively impacting our ability to transport and to export other goods and products. We should not continue to unfairly facilitate China's production of cheap high-tech, industrial and finished goods that undercut and displace goods produced here. With proper trade safeguards creating a balanced playing field, we can create high wage jobs here, using environmental sound business practices. Coal export to China not only harms global ecology. It also damages our nation's ability to provide well paid jobs right here at home.