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We share the same Earth

Do you remember how debris from the earthquake in Japan reached our Pacific Coast? We share the same ocean. Have you seen pictures of people with masks on their faces scurrying through the smog-laden cities in China? We share the same atmosphere.

Conveniently, these are overlooked by the advocates for trade (Sept. 22) who do not consider the most important legacy of the proposed coal export terminals: a severe public health risk. Coal pollutes the air we breathe and adds mercury to our water.

We cannot isolate ourselves from the ill-effects of coal exported to China. We can build a more enduring local economy for our children by creating new energy sources. I oppose the proposed coal export terminals.

Judy Butler

Hope, Idaho

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