The Army Corp of Engineers has approved a coal export project in Oregon… at the Port of Morrow. The goal of the project is to export coal to China.
Now it turns out, the Portland Army Corp. recommended a full environmental review of the project, and the head office in D.C. secretly said no. There is a lot of opposition to coal exporting in Oregon, and for many reasons.
The real reason for wanting to export is money. China will buy large amounts of coal, and we have a lot to sell. Jobs and profits – mostly profits.
That’s about it.
The coal comes thru the Columbia Gorge. There it leaves behind a hundred miles of coal dust. All along the tracks, it washes into the Columbia River. They don’t cover the trains well at all, and of course no-one ever comes along to clean it up – that would eat into profits. Let the taxpayers pay for it.
The port itself will create more pollution problems, as yet unknown — as there has been no Environment Impact Statement. Fishing is a major industry, and tradition in Washington and Oregon, and the proposed port would be next to sensitive salmon habitat.
Then the coal is going to be burned in China, adding even more carbon dioxide into the World’s Atmosphere. And it ends up coming back our way… arriving here before it finds it’s way to Wyoming.
Many jobs will be created in Wyoming and Montana, and greater profits for the wealthy, but not much for Oregon. There will of course be the taxpayer financed clean-ups for the coal dust etc. But that’s what taxes are for… right? Cleaning up after the super-rich. It’s an American tradition since…
Haven’t we realized yet that there is no such thing as clean coal… it is all terrible for the Earth. We may be using less here, but selling it to use elsewhere is just absurd!
We must get beyond the profits side of the discussion, and start thinking about what is best for the Earth, because that is what will be best for us too.