I’ve been disappointed to read the one-sided coverage from our local media outlets about the so-called “Green Train.”
Take a closer look at the numbers and you can see that the train will still be pumping mercury, arsenic, benzene, sulfur dioxide and a host of other pollutants from coal into our air (and houses) over 90 percent of the time.
Additionally, the train, and not the community, will have the final say about when to run the coal trains. It’s absurd that in 2018 we’re still willing to sacrifice our health, our kids’ health and the health of our forests to sell a few more T-shirts and hamburgers.
Let’s be clear that there aren’t any economic or technical hurdles to converting ALL the steam trains to run on oil, natural gas, biodiesel, etc. – just ego and a lack of imagination.