Northwest coal debate makes NYT front page
The debate over coal transport in the Pacific Northwest is "straining the region's green image," according to the New York Times.
The debate over active and planned coal transport facilities in the Pacific Northwest signals a "more complicated reality," one that "confronts [the region's] clean image."
That's how the New York Times positions that debate in an article on its front page.
The story focuses mainly on Spokane, specifically the Spokane Funnel. If the multiple coal transport and storage facilities in the pipeline become reality, the funnel, an intersection of multiple rail lines in downtown, could see up to 60 trains a day hauling coal through Washington's second-largest city.
While the NYT doesn't bring much new to the debate, it does reflect the escalating battle between backers of the coal transport proposals, who see the promise of "energy independence" and job creation, and opponents, who have already filed suit over safety and environmental concerns.
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