Don’t appeal the decision
I cannot agree with The Chronicle’s recommendation that the Oakland City Council appeal U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria’s decision allowing coal to be shipped from Oakland. I have several reasons: First, there is little cause to believe that the city can muster a cogent argument against the decision, making the effort a waste of time and money. Furthermore, if the city does come up with something new, it will put itself at risk of defeating its own purpose, since the already approved shipping of grain entails the same alleged dust hazards as the shipping of coal.
Second, on the larger environmental issue, all major coal-using countries (except, perhaps Trumplandia) have agreed that coal must go; it just takes time. The leading countries are still about 10 years away, China a good deal further out. In the meantime, it behooves those of us who live downwind from China (all Californians) to have that country burn the cleanest coal available, and that would be our low-sulfur coal. To obstruct providing that coal is to prolong the established hazards of sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. Finally, Oakland needs jobs and commerce, not frivolous lawsuits. The Oakland City Council needs to lick its wounds and move on.
Cranes are docked near the site of a proposed coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland.