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When superlib and Democrat fundraiser Warren Buffet slams coal dust into the lungs of your children right in the heart of ecotopia, you turn tail and sing its praises.
Why don't you all crawl your way into the recess of some no bedroom 5x5' Mudude Condo and breathe through a Bolivia wool knit cap for all I care?
No dig, @2.
But, yeah, we're Seattle, so fuck Whatcom county.
Until then, Seattle has 8 streets -- several of them classified as important for trucks -- that will be closed somewhere around 2 hours per day.
I know it's hard for you to understand, but the coal trains BY LAW are permitted to operate surface to the port and it's federal law so there's nothing you can do about that. Which means South Seattle and North Seattle get to choke on coal dust and have higher infant deaths.
Beside, the Tolled Tunnel Of Billionaire Bile hasn't even be drilled yet. That clvsterfvck is only going to get worse.
The Port, the gas spewing trucks that service it, are pollution machines.
A potential arena does not fall into that same category.
WHO PAYS COST OF COAL TRAINS? – BILLINGS OUTPOST, MARCH 15, 2012
By WILBUR WOOD
Fifteen trains a day, on average, rolled through Billings last year. If a passing train has interrupted your journey as you drove, bicycled or walked toward the tracks on 27th, 28th or 29th Streets North, downtown, you realize that this annoyance could turn to disaster if you were doing something like driving an ambulance from the south side of the tracks to reach one of the hospitals on the north side.
Now picture up to 40 more trains per day, either moving west heaped with coal bound for Asia or returning empty. These coal cars would fill up again in the Powder River Basin and other “Western Bituminous” coalfields in Montana and Wyoming, which now supply more than 42 percent of the nation’s coal.
If more and more trains passing through is the future for Billings – and for other railroad towns on the way to ports on the West Coast – then the force driving us toward this future is the declining demand for coal in the U.S. – and the coal companies’ desire to stay profitable.
The recent drop is U.S. coal consumption is dramatic: Coal-fired electric power generation was down 11.6 percent in 2008-2009 alone. Coal, which was generating more than half the electricity in the United States, now is at 44.5 percent, the same percentage as in 1978. For Arch Coal, Cloud Peak, Peabody and other players, one way to reverse this trend is supplying the rising demand in Asia...
You aren't making much sense these days. Maybe you should get a depression screening. There's no co-pay, thanks to the ACA.
In Seattle, a viaduct at Holgate and Lander would help with the traffic, but you will still have horrific backups at Spokane Street, and whatever that street that borders the southern end of the sculpture park is.
But.... Coal dust from coal trains is awful. Everything within a quarter mile or so of the tracks - including those toney houses above the tracks north of town who already hate the trains - will be constantly covered with a fine coat of black coal dust.
They'll also wreak havoc on the tracks, and probably mess up the Amtrak and sounder schedules.
All this for a stupid, nasty way of generating electricity for a communist country. Anything to make a buck, I suppose.
As for the track: it's well established that commodity trains are heavier, and wear down rails more than either passenger or conventional freight trains. The "wreaks havoc" part comes in because a washing machine, or Nintendo game, or load of wheat doesn't feel the effects of deteriorating track, but a human does. The Nixonian Corporate Welfare Program known as Amtrak has to deal with this - even though the freight railroads are theoretically bound to keep the lines that have passenger trains on up to a passenger standard.
The dust situation could be easily solved by having covered hoppers. But just think of the price!
But thanks to Obama, I'll be able to start my own business, something I've wanted to do for about a decade.
Of course, this is a freedom you'd like to deny me - and others like me - of, since you know as well as anyone that your man is lying when he says he'll replace ACA along with the promised repeal. Because you can't ban denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions without a mandate. Just ask Romney: he has experience in the matter.
(Actually - I know you don't wish me that kind of ill, but I wanted to play the holier-than-thou card, too. And apologies to all for the non-train-related tangent.)
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Edmonds ferry route schedule is fucked if they don't build an overpass there (if that's practical). Good thing WSF is so flush with cash. Oh, wait...