The Sierra Club is counting trains. No, really.

Sonomish County, Washington Sierra Club is counting trains. The North County Outlook reports the environmentalist group is conducting a Train Watch due to coal and oil transportation. Since the two fossil fuels are transported by rail train explosions or accidents that involve oil explosions have gotten more attention since there have been incidents in recent years that have gotten national media attention. The group states that while the amount of trains going through the area is steady, cars carrying crude oil are down but shipments of coal are up.

US Representative Larsen is quoted as saying that he is working on new transportation rules to mandate new transportation cars and brake systems but that increases the cost of doing business and BNSF Railways handles the shipments of many materials with great care to reduce risk. The fact that environmentalists are tallying the amount of train shipments of oil and coal plays into their overall plot related to forcing humans to relinquish using oil, gas and coal to power our civilization.

Yes there are some risks with oil transport by train, but if environmentalists are so concerned about the volatility of crude transport by rail then they should support pipelines since that is the safest manner to transport oil with little impact to the environment. Not surprisingly, they do not and even opposed projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. The remaining transportation methods, however, result in larger carbon emissions than pipelines. This is obviously what organizations like the Sierra Club want since transport by boat, truck or train also means increased risk of accidents. This, in turn, gives environmentalist groups the ammunition they need to call for more rules on economic activity like what Representative Larsen is proposing.

Environmentalists are not concerned about global warming or even the environment because what they ultimately want is political control over us and our way of life. Organizations like the Sierra Club oppose construction of pipelines because it not only gives them more political ammunition to shut down transportation methods for oil which is the result of environmentalists are anti-progress and anti-civilization.