And that says nothing about the air we all must breathe, whether degraded by coal-fired Chinese power plants or not.
Notice that no additional 'benefits' have been forthcoming since the initial PR hype [of more jobs and associated 'free' tax revenues to local government]; only a steady stream of logical impacts that most people would not hesitate to call 'negatives' with recognized threats and unfunded costs.
Hard to imagine an official Environmental Impact Statement [EIS] is required to prove something that is already as well known and publicly accepted, isn't it?
But, since an EIS will be required, it -at least- should be as broadly drawn and detailed as possible to help convince the bureaucrats who will conduct it to reach the right choices and conclusions.
I am glad to see this debate is growing so exponentially, as others are also waking up to the unseen threats they certainly share with us.
For example, Crosscut published this recent article, by Daniel Jack Chasan.
Since Powder River Basin Coal is mined and shipped from Montana and Wyoming, readers may be interested in this article that appeared in The Outpost, the Billings, MT paper.
Locally, Whatcom Watch has published in its April issue, two additional articles by Preston Schiller, here and here.
This article addresses potential adverse health impacts of increased train traffic.
With the confusion about when public comments may be submitted to Whatcom County regarding the GPT EIS, I decided to just go ahead and submit this list of previous blogs by e-mail on 4/22/2012:
Here are the URLs for 33 Blogs concerning coal I have written from March 27, 2011 through now on HamsterTalk at http://bellinghamstertalk.blogspot.com/
Please incorporate these into the public record as part of my comments.
Also, please contact me at email@example.com if any problem is encountered in making these comments, including links to other websites, so that I may make any corrections necessary.
1. Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear... Sunday, March 27, 2011
2. Coal Terminal: Mayor's Listening Session Wednesday, June 1, 2011
3. Good Mornin' America, How Are Ya? Wednesday, June 8, 2011
4. Climatology: Natural Science or Political Science? Saturday, July 9, 2011
5. Making Tracks To Where? Friday, July 15, 2011
6. Coal Terminal: A Pit & Pendulum Exercise? Thursday, July 21, 2011
7. Coal Terminal: Trains & Infrastructure Saturday, July 30, 2011
8. Coal Terminal: Bulk Carriers & Kayaks Sunday, July 31, 2011
9. Coal Terminal: Update on Developments Monday, August 1, 2011
10. Coal Terminal: Another Update Tuesday, August 2, 2011
11. Coal Terminal: Playing Defense Wednesday, August 3, 2011
12. Coal Terminal:Whatcom Watch Remembers Cherry Point Agreement Thursday, August 4, 2011
13. Coal: A Global Perspective Thursday, September 1, 2011
14. Coal: Floyd McKay's Latest Crosscut Article Wednesday, September 28, 2011
15. Coal: Green versus Gold? Wednesday, October 19, 2011
16. Coal: The Role of Politics Wednesday, October 19, 2011
17. Coal: National Geographic Article Friday, October 21, 2011
18. Coal: NPR Weighs In With Two Articles Thursday, October 27, 2011
19. Big Coal meets Cherry Point's tiny herring Friday, October 28, 2011
20. Coal: Where Does Bellingham Really Stand? Sunday, October 30, 2011
21. Coal: Location, Location, Location - For Whom? Monday, October 31, 2011
22. Coal: What Does Lake Whatcom, Waterfront Redevelopement & The Olympic Pipe Line Have to Do With It? Thursday, November 3, 2011
23. Coal: Possible Good News? Thursday, November 10, 2011
24. Energy: Update On Coal, Oil & Other Fossil Fuel Projects Wednesday, November 16, 2011
25. Impacts: Coal Versus Oil Sands Thursday, November 17, 2011
26. Trains: 'Here's Mud In Your Eye'Thursday, December 15, 2011
27. Coal: Why Can't We Citizens Have A Strong Voice? Friday, December 30, 2011
28. Coal: Specific Actions Bellingham Must Take Sunday, January 1, 2012
29. Coal & Climate Friday, January 27, 2012
30. Constitution, Corporations & Coal Wednesday, February 22, 2012
31. Coal: HamsterTalk Blogs from March 27 thru December 31, 2011 Saturday, December 31, 2011
32. Coal: History Has A Way Of Repeating Itself. Friday, March 23, 2012
33. Coal: Updating Public Concerns Thursday, March 29, 2012