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Guest Column: As a nation, we’ve lost our moral compass



Does this seem absurd: We’re shipping coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open railcars that allow coal dust to contaminate the land and river just so the coal that makes it to the coast can be sold to Asia to be used in coal-fired power plants whose resultant air pollution then drifts back over Oregon?

And that’s not to mention any environmental damage to the Gorge or the Columbia River from the inevitable train derailments along the way...

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