Letter: Human rights threatened
Sunday, May 13, 2012
One characteristic of a Third World country is that they allow other nations or multinational corporations to mine and export their resources under conditions that make money for the exterior entity while underpaying for the resources and workers, damaging the environment and poisoning their own citizens.
Currently, coal trains are carrying coal for use within the state of Washington. Workers and the environment in our country still have some protections. There are some restrictions on pollutants from burning the coal. Some of the profit stays in the country. This would not be true when foreign corporations ship coal to China for burning.
As president of Friends of Clark County, my thanks to The Columbian and the cities of Washougal and Camas for opposing the extraction of our coal for foreign export and being willing to try to protect their citizens.