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Coal trains


More jobs will be lost in long run

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U.S. companies should not be exporting coal. Old-fashioned coal burning power plants give off tremendous pollution. Our oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were before the industrial age. As it increases, it will change marine life as we know it. Many crustaceans are having difficulty forming their shells now. Mercury will eventually make fresh and salt water aquatic life inedible. Climate change will further alter marine life and our fresh water supply. Coal burning plays a big role in all of this.
Proponents say it will create jobs, it will destroy far more jobs than it creates. Homes and businesses need quiet, especially medical, office and counseling facilities. Property values will go down. Close to the tracks, it is at the maximum people can tolerate right now. They are talking about more than doubling the train traffic. The blaring horns near the crossings are the worst. Another factor is the more power foreign countries produce the more they will manufacture, with more U.S. job loss. The trains are a major disruption to traffic flow and they block emergency vehicles. They are up to one and a half miles long. These problems will be repeated in every locality they cross. Please help stop this plan.
Ken Crane
Snohomish

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