Another “Miss” by Coal-Energy Export Opponents

Seattle, Wa., March 5, 2014 —A blog post by University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and weather blogger Cliff Mass, cites new research suggesting that coal-carrying rail traffic “degrades air quality” in our region via escaped coal dust and diesel particulates. The study, conducted by University of Washington (Bothell) Professor Dan Jaffe, was underwritten by “crowdfunding” and, per Mass, was initiated by him using the weather blog as a platform to rally donors to fund the report.

 

The problem? Dr. Jaffe’s study offers no data linking coal dust to air quality: When asked about the effects of coal dust, he stated: “That seems to be a non-issue.”  [See http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/11/11/kickstarting-science-crowdfunded-research-explores-potential-health-impacts-of-coal-trains/.]  And diesel particulates from coal trains have been shown to be among the least contributors of particulate emissions.

 

Kathryn Stenger, spokesperson for The Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports, remarked that “Dr. Jaffe’s study failed to find the smoking gun of coal dust and diesel particulates that it was looking for, but ignores its own findings. To continue to misrepresent scientific findings in pursuit of a political agenda is not only bad science, it’s bad policy. Washington citizens deserve accurate, scientifically based information on this issue. This study’s findings didn’t fit Jaffe’s hypothesis, but continue to be presented as if they did.”

 

The undisputed facts remain:

 

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In addition, several studies refute the coal dust issue including:

 

Missoula City County Report:

 

Australian Rail Track Corporation study /Professor Louise Ryan:

 

Spokane Clean Air Agency

 

 

 

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