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Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Coal trains


The claim of jobs doesn't add up

The coal companies are running TV/Radio ads claiming job creation as justification for allowing coal terminals to be constructed and "conveyor belts" of coal to run along our iconic Puget Sound and Columbia River. The truth: coal terminals, and the miles of coal trains, will negatively impact economic development and lead to a net loss of jobs over time, coal terminals and the conveyor belt of coal lower property values, lower state and city revenues, cause serious health issues with associated costs, loss of new businesses, reduces access to markets for farmers, discourages tourist revenue, causes serious risk for the fishing industry and reduces new commercial and residential development and associated construction jobs.
Jobs are the coal industries only argument, but it is false, don't believe it! Attend the Seattle hearing, for a half hour or the full three hours, between 4-7 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Washington State Convention Center, Ballroom 6F floor; wear red to show your support to deny coal terminal building permits.

Dennis Lowenthal
Edmonds
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