On Dec. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m., an environmental hearing will be held at Clark College's Gaiser Student Center, on the Cherry Point (Bellingham) coal export project. This is the first of five coal export projects proposed for the Pacific Northwest. It is urgent that as many concerned citizens attend this hearing as possible.
Increased coal trains passing through our local communities will cause traffic delays and lower property values, and coal dust will pollute our air and water, threatening our health and damaging our wildlife. We must not let the Pacific Northwest become the "coal chute" to Asia, encouraging them to build more coal power plants that will last for decades to come. Burning coal emits carbon dioxide and contributes to climate change. Climate change threatens the very existence of future generations.
We must stand together and say "no" to exporting coal to Asia. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to do the right thing. For more information, go to http://coalfreenorthwest.org.