In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, Cindy Franklin hands out information about how to write letters against a proposed coal exporting facility, in her home in Bellingham, Wash.

 

              In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, Cindy Franklin hands out information about how to write letters against a proposed coal exporting facility, in her home in Bellingham, Wash.
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, Cindy Franklin hands out information about how to write letters against a proposed coal exporting facility, in her home in Bellingham, Wash. The progressive college town of Bellingham is at the center of one of the fiercest environmental debates in the region: should the Northwest become a hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia? A proposal to build one of as many as five coal terminals here has divided the town, pitting union and businesses that welcome jobs against environmentalists who worry about coal dust and greenhouse gas emissions. A trade group is running TV ads touting the projects, while numerous cities such as Seattle and Portland are opposing coal trains through their communities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)