What happens when the President of the United States advocates for coal without any consideration to the environmental costs?
This: the Pacific Coast Coal Company is trying to reopen its mine outside Black Diamond, which has been closed for nearly two decades — a plan that would unearth and burn 85,000 to 90,000 tons of coal per year right here in King County.
I won’t let that happen without a fight.
The effects of a mine reopening here in our community? The carbon dioxide released each year could be the equivalent of driving 51,500 more cars, degrading our clean air locally and speeding up global warming.
Here in King County, responsibly stewarding our natural resources is a critical part of accommodating a healthy, growing population. And we’ve led the charge — with perhaps the boldest climate action plan in the United States. We’re on course for a 100% emission-free transit fleet, and we’re using King County’s government energy purchasing power to create more clean energy capacity. We’ve made too much progress in clean energy in this global tech capital to let a coal company come in and drag us back to the 19th century.
In 2017, I don’t think anybody should be reopening a coal mine here or, frankly — considering the remarkable green alternatives, and the genuine threats to our very survival — anywhere else.
And I certainly won’t put up with it in King County.