Saturday, April 30, 2016

Proposed Coal Terminal Would Be the Equivalent of Adding 8 Million Cars to the Road

Coal in uncovered trains (Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Click to Enlarge.
Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology have finally released the draft of their long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement regarding a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington.  Located just two hours north of Portland, Oregon, along the Columbia River, the proposed terminal would ship a maximum of 44 million metric tons of coal from the Western United States each year to markets overseas, making it, if built, the largest coal export terminal in the country.

Proponents have championed the potential economic benefits of the $680 million project, arguing that it would bring long-term jobs to an area of the state historically plagued by above-average unemployment rates.  Additionally, they argue that the terminal would help make United States coal more competitive by opening up Asian markets.

Opponents of the project, however, argue that it would be extremely detrimental to both the local environment and the global climate.  They cite issues such as increased train traffic, coal dust, and the eventual burning of the coal — which would result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions — as reasons why the state should reject the project.

That increase in greenhouse gas emissions will be substantial, the draft EIS found.  The report estimates that, between 2018 and 2038, the total additional greenhouse gas emissions created by the project would be 37.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent — roughly the same as adding 8 million passenger vehicles to the road.

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