This is to express my heartfelt gratitude to our City Council for opposing the prospect of transporting filthy coal past our lovely city.
These extremely heavy loads of coal will spill into the air and sea a very toxic and hazardous coal dust. These trains will be much noisier and more damaging to the tracks than the trains that already use the railroad tracks passing through Edmonds.
Our downtown businesses, tourists, residents, and property owners along the route of the coal trains will suffer. Even from my home on Second Avenue, I hear the trains and it's tolerable with the sound of Willow Creek to help cover the noise. However, we do not need more noise, more damage to tracks, more pollution to air/land/sea, and more traffic congestion near the ferry and train terminals.
We all need to support and thank our City Council for acting to oppose the coal trains and to encourage our incoming council members to continue the strong opposition to coal, coal transport, coal burning, and even the extraction of coal to line the pockets of the already wealthy and powerful coal industry.
(Editor's note: The City Council passed it as a resolution.)
Did you know that the coal lobby is the most powerful in our federal government? That information was provided last night at our annual Sierra Club holiday gather at my home in Edmonds.
Please read this: http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/currents/opinion/a_stocking_full_of_coal/Bob.