Learn more about the Gateway Pacific Terminal and the historic battle for Cherry Point on what promises to be a really fun, informative and memorable day. This is a public awareness, educational event. And... there will be great Pizza!
My presentation to the Bellingham City Council on the difference between a Dry Bulk Commodity Terminal—which Gateway Pacific Terminal purports to be—and a Coal Port, which is what GPT really is. Judging by their conversation—observable during the cutaway—Mayor Kelli Linville and the city attorney appear to have had something else on their minds.
This might seem incongruous, considering my previous criticism of her, but I found it a great pleasure speaking with Governor Chris Gregoire at Taylor Shellfish Farms yesterday. She was there to meet with members of the Puget Sound Partnership, which she formed in 2007 to help heal our severely polluted inland sea.
As the good people of Bellingham, Washington grapple over the Gateway Pacific Terminal and the prospect of being turned into a coal town, some in the community are embracing a new model for asserting their voice, and their rights.
Just last June, President Obama renewed his pledge to pursue green jobs and a "clean energy revolution," while speaking at a General Electric plant in North Carolina. To many observers of the president’s energy policy, those words played like rhetorical theater, considering his administration had just approved a massive expansion of coal mining in Wyoming.