In the original complaint, the coalition claimed the permit for the facility did not consider the greenhouse gas impacts of burning coal in Asia, the effects of increasing a demand for U.S. coal, and the emissions and environmental impacts associated with transporting the coal.
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“…isn’t it hypocrisy of the highest order for Northwest states to cover themselves in green, campaign to close coal-burning plants in the region and encourage renewable energy use while at the same time enabling companies to ship fossil fuels overseas so that it can be used to pollute the atmosphere on the other side of the world? Where is the line drawn between private enterprise, economic development, the public interest and environmental responsibility?”
“Cowlitz County Board Chair George Raiter last month welcomed the project and the 70 jobs it’s expected to bring to Longview: “If I were to choose an expansion of jobs in this county, I’d choose all those great high-tech companies. But they’re not here. These people are here and personally I’m happy to see someone come in and develop that site, clean it up and start creating some more jobs for our citizens here.” Cowlitz County has one of the highest unemployment rates in Washington at 11 percent.”
Coalition member Washington Environmental Council adds, “The coal shipped through this one facility [and used in China] would create more emissions [in China] than the entire city of Seattle [if it were burned there but it’s not] and more than any single facility in the state [if it were burned there but it’s not]. Is this the kind of future we want for our region? [sending coal we won’t burn to other areas that will burn it?] We need to decide – other coal companies are already lining up with their own proposals [to send coal somewhere else to be burned].”