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Jim Weakley

5:14 PM, Feb 26, 2008   |    comments
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"One of the things we look at with global warming is the emissions produced by the various modes of transportation. That's one of the things that make the marine mode a more attractive mode. Certainly less fossil fuels are consumed by the marine mode of transportation and significantly fewer pollutants are released into the atmosphere by moving cargo through water. It's simple. We've got physics working for us. The water floats the ship and it's easier to pull weight through the water than it is to drag it over a land based transportation. One of the important points I always make when I talk to civic groups, environmental groups, or business community is it's not an either-or decision. We do not have to make the choice between the environment or the economy. You can have both. Great Lakes shipping is a perfect example of an industry that provides both. I'm a firm believer in quality of life. I believe quality of life begins and ends with one thing: a job. Without a vibrant economy we simply cannot afford to invest in the programs that are necessary for sustainable development and for an environment and an ecosystem that the American citizens and the Ohio people deserve. How do we make that happen? By making sure our industries are vital, they're well funded, they're competitive in a global market, and more importantly that all our citizens have jobs. It's about quality of life."

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