by KC Golden, via Getting a Grip on Climate Solutions
Talk about a good way to ruin that first Sunday morning cup of coffee….
Seattle woke up yesterday to a litany of coal export insults, front page in the Seattle Times: “…an explosion of diesel exhaust”; “… long, traffic-snarling trains”; “…more accidents and marine vessel groundings”; “…poison aquatic food webs.”
….and that’s before the story turns to “the most far-reaching issue: the potential effect new markets for coal could have on greenhouse gas emissions.”
Oregon, Washington, and many local governments insist that the federal government take a comprehensive look at the issue, including the climate impacts. One way or the other, decisions about coal export amount to fateful climate policy decisions. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said, in his strongly worded letter to the feds:
“In the absence of a clear federal policy on this point, we will simply be deciding by not deciding.”
“Deciding by not deciding” is, of course, exactly what the coal industry proposes. The last thing they can afford is a conscious decision, on the merits, in full view of all the facts. When asked about a review of climate impacts under the National Environmental ...