In this latest addition to my continuing series of posts on the battle, here in my beloved Bellingham, Washington, over a proposed coal shipping terminal just north of town, some great Earth Day news on the subject prompted me to write to Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, to implore her to take a stand. Dear Mayor … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues: An Open Letter To Bellingham Mayor, Kelli Linville
Here’s just a brief addition to my ongoing series of posts on the ongoing battle here in Bellingham, Washington, Whatcom County, over a proposed coal shipping terminal. In my last post on the subject, I mentioned that we’re in a holding pattern, waiting for the local, state and federal oversight agencies to determine the scope … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues: Coal Kills
It’s been over a year since I last wrote about the ongoing battle over coal happening here in the Pacific Northwest, where efforts are underway to build multiple shipping terminals to send millions of tons of coal to China, with one of the terminals proposed here, at a site just north of my Bellingham, Washington … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues: China, Please Hurry Up!
There’s been a flurry of activity here in Bellingham recently concerning a coal shipping terminal proposed for construction just north of the city, a terminal that would bring a massive increase in train traffic and millions of tons of toxic coal, in uncovered cars, rolling right through the heart of town. (See my former posts … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues, The Fractured Left, and The Ego?
It’s been a while since I wrote about the battle over coal taking place right here in Bellingham — Post 1 from March, Post 2 from June. But with an election coming soon, which includes a face off between proponents and opponents of a coal terminal that would ship 48 million tons of coal per … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues plays on NPR
Apropos my coal-centric post from earlier this week, I came across three tweets today that, considered together, don’t seem to leave proponents of coal with a leg to stand on. When coal hits home as hard as it does, right here in Bellingham, I find this hopeful. First up, solar is getting cheaper: http://twitter.com/#!/GOOD/status/104681578910855168 Second, … Continue reading Tweets of the Day: Excuses For Coal Running Out
Since my post this morning, I’ve come across two coal-related videos that couldn’t be timed better. First, the trailer for the documentary The Last Mountain, which will be playing in Bellingham at our own Pickford Film Center in July. In that trailer, a woman says, “You’re connected to coal, whether you realize it or not. … Continue reading Coal Update
…or: Thank you, Mayor Dan! Last month I wrote about the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, proposed for the Cherry Point area just north of Bellingham, a project that would bring up to 18 trains of coal per day (a conservative estimate compared to other figures quoted in the media) through Fairhaven, passing along the waterfront … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues Redux
There’s quite a drama brewing here in Bellingham, Washington, my adopted hometown of 18 years, out on the edge of Puget Sound. A little north of town, at Cherry Point, there is some land that has been designated for industrial use for many, many years. It’s already home to two oil refineries and an aluminum … Continue reading Bellingham’s Coal Train Blues
So, there’s this guy Van Jones who has been saying a lot of good things, for a while, and this week he announced the start of a new campaign called the #LoveArmy, a new initiative of his Dream Corps organization. Sadly though, for quite some time, I have been VERY suspicious of how much ego … Continue reading Stuff We Don’t Need: Yet Another “Progressive” Vanity Organization