Today McClatchy, the company that owns the Tacoma and Tri-Cities, Washington newspapers, as well as the Modesto and Sacramento Bee, published an article about coal in the Northwest.
Here is a link: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/12/02/2190792/officials-in-tri-cities-unlike.html
Wow, either the newspaper or the local officials have missed the mark. Never mind how the trains could clog traffic - what about the increased diesel emissions from the trains, and the toxic coal dust that poisons all along railroad tracks?
Tribes oppose coal trains. The opposition even merited a mention by the venerable New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/us/tribes-add-powerful-voice-against-northwest-coal-plan.html?pagewanted=all
I like the picture the Times used:
Peace and justice, y'all
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