Letters: Ammonia transport imperils public safety
The article "Ammonia to be exported to Asia from NoPo terminal" on Nov. 29 raises questions about the safety of transfer and transport of industrial chemicals.
The largest use of ammonia, by far, is as nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture. Industrial workers and farmers must be trained for safe handling.
The Portland storage facility has had no major accidents in more than 40 years. A crash of a railroad tank car or a tanker truck is more likely than the storage facility to put the public in danger.
For any such accident, get away from the potentially hazardous spill, call 911 and let trained experts take care of the problem.
To prevent extreme fires, cut carbon emissions
Thank you for the Nov. 29 article, "Local crews back from Camp Fire." I appreciate the supreme effort made by these crews. The description of the fires sent chills up my back.
Lt. Trevor Herb said it was not an average fire. We are not living in an average time. Each weather event seems more severe than the last.
We know from scientific research that burning fossil fuels causes climate change. Extreme fires are just one of many of the problems caused by climate change. Droughts, ocean acidification, flooding and hurricanes are all intensified by climate change.
The good news is that we can address this problem at the national level. A historic bill was just introduced in Congress by three Republicans and three Democrats — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. It would place a steadily rising fee on carbon and return all revenue to households equally.
This bill is a market-based approach with bipartisan support. It will drive down emissions while putting money in people's pockets. Plus, it will create jobs.
I call on Rep. Earl Blumenauer to support this important legislation in the next Congress. It's time to set aside partisan differences and, for the good of our state and the nation, start addressing the threat of climate change by enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next Congress.