Opponents like to state that communities and tax payers should not pay for needed rail improvements to handle the increased freight.
The facts: All upgrades to Washington state freight railroad infrastructure are paid for by private capital from the freight railroads, not by taxpayer dollars. [emphasis added]
I actually burst out laughing when I first read that because it's so obviously false.
Thanks to Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter and Northwest Friends of the Union of Concerned Scientists for putting on the event. Given the audience, I'll be focusing this talk on what the science tells us about key dimensions of the Northwest coal export proposals.
Orange County's toll roads have slid farther and farther behind the confident projections of ridership and revenue on which they were built, prompting an unusual state review of their finances.
The roads were the first of their kind in California, a bet that drivers would be willing to pay to escape the grind of Southern California freeway traffic...but the bet has not paid off as well as operators expected.
This is appalling. Amid all the "jobs, jobs" cheers from Northwest coal export proponents, two of the biggest players in the debate have embarked on a scheme to weasel out of paying retirement and health benefits to their workers.
In a nutshell, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off companies that became Patriot Coal, saddled them with as much of their worker-benefit and environmental liability as they could get away with, and then watched as Patriot went bust. Now, the United Mine Workers union is calling them out in court.