August 17, 2022

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Sea-Tac: Promote clean-energy journey | Seattle Occasions

Re: “Sea-Tac is adapting, however we want a brand new airport” [March 30, Opinion]:

In response to the opinion that we want a brand new airport, it needs to be identified that “rising air-travel demand” is a lifestyle obtainable to solely a small proportion of the inhabitants. The argument that “our area’s backside line” helps a a lot bigger financial system benefiting all simply doesn’t maintain water when the air pollution prices and noise disruption are thought of from the encompassing airport communities, as famous within the current Seattle Occasions article reporting on the correlation between redlining and air air pollution [“New maps show strong correlation between redlined places in Seattle and worse air quality,” March 29, Local News].

The underside line must also embody the backed fares and tax {dollars} all of us pay for with the state and federal help of the personal aviation trade, by no means thoughts the free cross for the massive carbon footprint of every flight all of us pay for with local weather devastation.

The profit for the few, who proceed to create a a lot bigger unfavourable environmental impression than the final neighborhood, occurs on the expense of the lives and livelihoods of the numerous. If we consider that everybody ought to have the chance to breathe clear air and lead wholesome lives, we have to create and promote new modes of clean-energy journey and cut back the outdated fossil-fuel burning ones now.

Anne Kroeker, Des Moines

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