As reported in the Seattle PI today: “The federal government must “undertake and complete a thorough examination” of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions before any decision on turning Northwest ports into terminals for exporting coal to China, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a letter sent Monday.”
For full story see Govs to feds: Clear the air before exporting coal. Some of the comments to the article claimed that if we didn’t mine and export this coal, someone else would benefit. We need more comments to refute this, as the Sightline research has proven.
Here is my comment:
The argument that if we don’t exploit this fossil fuel others will is clearly specious. It’s like a ethically challenged person saying if he doesn’t steal the money that someone left unguarded, someone else will. We need to do what is right, and set an example for other countries, not lead the chase to exploit resources that will increase the speed with which the planet overheats. Look at the climate disruption that has been happening already, droughts, floods, storms, and think about whether you want to support an economy based on jobs that support coal and gas corporate giants or ones that contribute making the US a leader in sustainable energy. What kind of a world do you want your children and grandchildren to live in?
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