Letter: Loophole allows abuse of regulation



The number of scientists who doubt that CO2 changes the climate has diminished considerably. Many scientists are now saying that ocean acidification would be more harmful than a 20-foot sea level rise and frequent superstorms.

When coal is burned it produces CO2. The oceans have nearly unlimited ability to absorb CO2 and become acidic. Increased coal burning will prevent diatoms from forming shells, effectively killing oceans.

There will be a public hearing on coal exports today at 4 p.m. in Gaiser Hall of Clark College at the north end of the campus. There will be a rally at 3 p.m. Overflow crowds are expected and will meet in Foster Auditorium with other hearings officers. Bring a friend and carpool.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that CO2 was a pollutant. Writing for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens said EPA must regulate CO2 unless it determines that CO2 does not change the climate. The coal industry has found a giant loophole in the regulations: Burn the coal offshore.

Don Steinke