My Word arguing for coal shipments through Oakland presents a persuasive argument in favor of a new, state-of-the-art, shipping terminal in the old U.S. Army base. It argues that the project will create 11,970 jobs and revitalize the area. The essay states that the plan is for 15,000 commodities to be legally shipped from Oakland to ports around the world.
As an Oakland voter and thinking person, there is only one commodity that I protest. That commodity is coal. It doesn't matter whether coal is burned in Utah, elsewhere in the interior west, or overseas. Burning the coal will put carbon into our atmosphere. We need to reduce the carbon released into our atmosphere by human activity. It does not matter if we are in the United States, Canada or anywhere else in the world.
If 15,000 commodities will be shipped out of the new Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal at the old Oakland Army Base, then I support the shipment of 14,999 of those commodities. The project will help to counter the gentrification of West Oakland. But coal must be left in the ground. There are multiple other options for producing the energy that human society needs.