I also think that these asian carp will tear up the Great Lakes, overuse the resources, eat all of the available food, and ruin the reproductive habitat........sort of the aquatic equivalent of illegal aliens.
As far as transporting coal via some other route....... That's what trains are for.
And last but not least, Obama is supposed to be the darling of the environmental wackos isn't he? Of course all the "activists" really want is to prevent us from using our oil reserves and nuclear energy...so the Great Lakes don't feed any (current) left wing agendas I suppose.
The man is a monument to the naivete' of the American Liberal, and the natural result of their ridiculous points of view and (lack of) voting acumen.
By the way....if the shoe fits........