The Cole Train: Loads of BS

Permalink +

Sun, Dec 04, 2011, 6:53 pm  //  Tip Johnson

What they showed us

At the request of the Edgemoor Neighborhood Association, Craig Cole (Mr. Coal) appeared at Fairhaven Middle School last Thursday to represent the interests of his employer, SSA Marine, proponents of the Gateway Pacific Coal Port.

First off, I want to congratulate Craig on his extremely professional presentation. With a few minor complaints, he amply demonstrated why he gets the big bucks from the bad guys. He mostly kept his cool, was quite well organized, and did his best to seem sincere. Nobody really bought it.

Mr. Coal's approach was simple and effective. He led off with his local credentials: Attended Fairhaven Middle School - like his dad and kids, lives on South Hill, his family has been here for a hundred years, and he has a long history of working to make the community a better place. Has he lived here all his life? Not yet! While with the County, he worked to help define what could be approved at Cherry Point. Now, he is working to get it approved.

Then he laid out his oversimplified bonehead assertions, capably shifting what I often refer to as "the indignity of explanation" to the public. This project, he said, will comply with all environmental regulations, create jobs and pump desperately needed cash into the economy. What's not to like? Matter settled! Now it's your job to refute it.

"Mr. Coal" brought a number of handouts, including an open letter from the Central Labor Council. This piece attacks the notions that coal dust and diesel emissions from this project will be bad for us, stating that it takes "certain levels of exposure" to diesel exhaust and "extremely heavy and lengthy exposure" to coal dust "before adverse health effects occur." It assures the public that this is unlikely because the project will meet "modern high environmental standards." That's a relief! The letter singles out Dr. Frank James, former Public Health Official and member of Whatcom Docs. In the closing section, it characterizes Dr. James as illogical, irrational, disrespectful, unfair, inaccurate, probably a bad diagnostician, and only concerned because he lives near the railroad tracks.

In fairness to Mr. Coal, it wasn't his letter. This might excuse the irony of his rather quick insistence that folks not get personal with him in their remarks during the Q&A period. However, he did bring Chris Johnson of Central Labor with him, who did sign the letter. Chris' sole additional contribution was to respond to a question on Triple Bottom Line by admitting he didn't even know what it was, that his bottom line is more money and better jobs. Folks laughed politely. I find it astounding that Central Labor is so eager to get in bed with coal, considering that industry's record with worker safety and union contracts.

Another handout defined the issues with the coal port. In short, According To The Document (ATTD), there aren't any! ATTD, it will bring in jobs, lots of them! These numbers keep jumping around, but Mr. Coal assures us it will be a needed improvement in any case. ATTD, trains are so much more efficient than trucks that we don't really need to worry about air quality. Never mnd that no one moves coal by truck and there will probably be a least ten times as many locomotives belching their way across town. ATTD, rail traffic will not affect waterfront redevelopment. The Port Director and Commission President say so! Operations, including vessel traffic will not, ATTD, affect marine life. These matters have been extensively studied, will probably get studied some more and government regulators will be conducting ongoing inspections. In fact, ATTD, not a single noisome effect will be detectable beyond the project boundary. Whew!

On the subject of traffic delays, proponents reference a port study that claims the 18 or so train trips per day will cause waits of only about four minutes each. That, ATTD, is just over an hour wait per day in exchange for over 1,000 jobs. Wow! Just how impatient are folks? They can't be that selfish! Of course, when you factor in many folks waiting for the trains and time for the traffic jams to resolve, and add it up over the many trains - day in, day out - well, that's a whole 'nother cost to the community, and another example of why no one is buying this bull. For instance, if 100 people have to wait four minutes for each train across town and it takes four additional minutes for traffic to clear, that's eight minutes a day times 100 people times 18 trains times 365 days, well, that's over 3,600 days a year of sitting around in idling cars and traffic jams. I guess it just depends on your perspective! It probably means little to the trains. They don't have to wait, and the coal port will appreciate their punctuality.

Besides an informational broadsheet featuring lots of green ink and reiterating these comforting assertions, the last document found on the seats as we arrived was an article from Crosscut.com. I'm not really sure why they brought this one. Maybe they thought no one would read beyond the bold quotation. The handout featured a bold snippet asserting that in terms of economics and climate change, exporting coal to China is a "non-issue." The rest of the article, however, admits that "total coal burn" is a factor in the "fate of the climate." It describes developing coal exports as "a moral hazard zone" that is missing the opportunity to examine "this economic crossroads" and suggests we need to "replace the fossil fuel economy." It points out that air quality is a legitimate concern distinct from climate. It also describes the market for U.S. coal as "marginal…responding to short-term disruptions or spikes in demand." In fact the pullout quote is attributed to Robert Morse, director of research on coal and carbon markets at Stanford University. Mr. Morse is also one of the authors of a December 2010 report entitled, "Remaking the World's Largest Coal Market: The Quest to Develop Large Coal-Power Bases in China." This document suggests China will need U.S. coal for probably only about ten years due to a regulatory disconnect between energy and coal producers there, and the need to reinvest in their coal technology.

This very document earlier had me thinking the likelihood of this coal port getting built was slim. Maybe it is a ruse for Longview. Can they really pay off $700m of investment in ten years? However, after listening to the bull, when I saw the perspective rendering of the proposed facility, I started taking it seriously. The rendering shows a modest pile of coal and a smaller area for potash and grain storage. The dock shows only two ships in queue. But there is a lot more room there. What I sensed was a piecemeal approach to a much larger scale operation. I got worried. I wondered if any potash or grain would ever be shipped. I started thinking about all those trees they "accidentally" knocked down during their misguided geotechnical preparations. When I asked Craig about them, he hesitated just long enough to make me wonder before saying they are still lying there, knocked down.  Inexplicably, not nearly enough downed trees appear in the photos County Councilmember Carl Weimer documented in his now famous dog walk in the woods.  Where did they go?  Craig says they are still there.  That, unlike most assertions for this project, is an empirically determinable fact. Let's find out.

The point here is that if the trees were removed for any merchantable purpose, the property is indisputably qualified for the six year moratorium on development they have apparently just weaseled out of. A six years wait would likely kill this project according to Stanford's predictions. The regulators Mr. Coal asks us to trust gave the project a pass on their illegal forest practice and threw away the best "silver bullet" we had. I have been trying hard to stay out of this coal-tar pit, but I advise those already wading into the quagmire to ascertain the fate of those trees and challenge the determination that let the project off that hook.

My impression was that folks left feeling unconvinced and chagrined at Mr. Coal's integrity. Indeed, pretty much everyone has liked him and wants to like him. It's just harder now. It was too much for Edgemoor neighbors to hear that SSA is a local, award-winning steward of resources. These are the same folks that got their start stevedoring with a long-term sweetheart lease from family friends at the Port of Bellingham. They brought us proposals for overdevelopment of Chuckanut Ridge and Governor's Point. Now they want to pop the cherry out at the point. It's all cut from the same cloth and it is a disappointment to see Craig wearing it.

OK, this is already too long and I didn't even want to write it. John twisted my arm. Many people spoke and offered very good observations and concerns. I invite you to take a minute and comment on those that struck you as most important.

What I saw

Where are the knocked down trees?

Really, do you see any knocked down trees?

Related Links:

-> For all the happy news

Wendy Harris  //  Mon, Dec 05, 2011, 12:42 am

Any discussion of SSA’s plan to use the proposed Birch Bay in lieu of fee mitigation program to obtain reduced wetland buffers? They are really trying to pull another fast one on us.


Tip Johnson  //  Mon, Dec 05, 2011, 1:06 am

Yes, Wendy.  The subject did come up.  I’m sorry, I didn’t catch the name of the person asking if SSA was behind it.  Craig asked for her contact information and the next day an email arrived from the Northwest Jobs Alliance (nwja@bellingham.com), Subject Line: GPT Corrects the Record—Did Not Initiate Proposed Change to Birch Bay Watershed Rules. This message includes the assertion, “Contrary to unsubstantiated claims by project opponents, neither SSA Marine, nor its Gateway Pacific Terminal project, have sought or are seeking the amendment that is the subject of a Whatcom County Planning Commission public hearing on December 8, 2011 (file #PLN2011-0012). At this time, the company has no position on the matter.”


Homeowner to city: Please buy me out

Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 10:17 am  //  John Servais

Padden Creek daylighting project strays far from city promises to homeowner that his property would remain intact.

3 comments; last on Aug 26, 2015

How Our Community Can Welcome Our Troops Home

Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 5:11 am  //  Guest writer

Traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.

0 comments


Black Lives Matter, Occupy WS & Whatcom Jail

Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 7:55 pm  //  Whatcom Citizen

A Whatcom Citizen writes of protest movements and how our proposed county mega jail is related to them.

14 comments; last on Sep 01, 2015

$15/hr Minimum Wage - Seriously?

Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 5:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Moves to set the minimum wage to $15, even if successful, are woefully insufficient. And why aren't people speaking out about abusive work scheduling?

1 comments; last on Aug 20, 2015

Local retired librarian injured by police

Tue, Aug 18, 2015, 12:17 am  //  Guest writer

Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, reported to be assaulted by police for handing out leaflets

5 comments; last on Aug 27, 2015

Predictive Policing Comes to Bellingham

Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 3:39 pm  //  Guest writer

Is the tail wagging the dog? Edward Alexander guest writes on why predictive software for our police needs basic questions answered before purchase.

1 comments; last on Aug 22, 2015

Gunfight at Cornwall Park on Wednesday

Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 11:29 am  //  John Servais

Nothing in the Herald this morning, so NWCitizen is informing citizens of shootout at Cornwall Park.

1 comments; last on Aug 13, 2015

Whatcom Conservation District Elections

Sun, Aug 09, 2015, 11:52 am  //  Guest writer

Barbara Perry has been researching the secretive election processes of the Whatcom Conservation District. Really secretive. Probably fraudulent.

1 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Election Results - Aug 4 Primary

Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 8:09 pm  //  John Servais

9:52 - final post for tonight. A running blog about the election results on this August evening. Feel free to comment.

8 comments; last on Aug 06, 2015

The Hansen’s Giant Rental Megaplex - Part 2

Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 10:14 am  //  Dick Conoboy

While the city deals with permitting on the Hansen rental megaplexes, the council has asked for proposals from staff on design standards for historic areas.

9 comments; last on Aug 07, 2015

Whatcom Co.: 90 Million Gallons of Water a Day

Wed, Jul 22, 2015, 12:42 am  //  Guest writer

Eric Hirst provides us all with a well researched report on Whatcom County water issues - rights, Lake Whatcom, ground water and more.

10 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Electromagnetic Radiation: Who’s Looking Out for You?

Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 4:13 pm  //  John Lesow

The fight to keep Point Roberts from becoming a Radio Tower Farm is not over.

3 comments; last on Jul 22, 2015

Kudos to Our Police

Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 5:38 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Bellingham police are obviously trained to de-escalate armed confrontations. This is the way it should be.

6 comments; last on Jul 14, 2015

Lois Garlick was our hero

Thu, Jul 09, 2015, 8:27 am  //  John Servais

Lois Garlick has died. For many decades, she and George served as environmental stewards and leaders in preserving wildlife and nature.

2 comments; last on Jul 10, 2015

Whatcom County Council adds ballot measure

Wed, Jul 08, 2015, 9:27 am  //  John Servais

Last minute political maneuvering by liberal council seeks to counter conservative review commission ballot proposals.

1 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Charter amendments approved

Tue, Jul 07, 2015, 9:13 am  //  John Servais

The Charter Review Commission made Monday evening's meeting their last - and forwarded 8 charter amendments to the County Council

3 comments; last on Jul 08, 2015

Family Home For Rent: $44,000/year

Tue, Jul 07, 2015, 5:34 am  //  Dick Conoboy

For Rent: York neighborhood, new, 7 bedroom single-family home, near WWU. Only $44,000 a year. City planning not paying attention.

6 comments; last on Jul 09, 2015

Charter Commission Tricks

Mon, Jul 06, 2015, 4:30 pm  //  John Servais

Two dirty tricks by the uber-conservative minority on the Charter Review Commission aimed to put their agenda before the council.

3 comments; last on Jul 07, 2015

Drought Tree Emergency!

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 2:55 pm  //  David Camp

Trees are dying for lack of water! Only citizen action can save them.

0 comments

Fireworks and Clay Butler

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 7:47 am  //  Dick Conoboy

If your 4th of July holiday is much more quiet this year, you can thank Clay Bulter who passed away at the end of May.

0 comments

A Tale of Three Rezones

Mon, Jun 29, 2015, 5:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Samish Neighborhood Plan has been the subject of three undesired rezones in the last year. The city ignores its own guidelines to the detriment of all.

0 comments

County prosecutor plays cruel games

Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 6:00 pm  //  John Servais

Updated at 6 pm. Our county justice system has spent 6 years trying to teach Luba Pekisheva that she should not defend herself. Justice denied and miscarried.

8 comments; last on Jul 22, 2015

Proposed New County Lockup - Financial Analysis

Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 5:00 pm  //  David Camp

A look at the proposal in historic financial context with projections and several questions for the proponents.

8 comments; last on Jul 10, 2015

Hansen-Iron Street Rental Megaplex Planned for York Neighborhood

Mon, Jun 01, 2015, 3:49 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Three extraordinarily large (7-bedroom) single family home rentals are proposed by developers Dave and Jon Hansen on Iron St. in the York Neighborhood.

7 comments; last on Jun 10, 2015

Chiara D’Angelo comes down from anchor chain

Mon, May 25, 2015, 8:17 pm  //  John Servais

Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.

0 comments

Flash Mob Protests Arctic Drilling

Thu, May 21, 2015, 11:50 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein we ponder the fate of humanity

0 comments

Joy Gilfilen Declares for County Executive

Mon, May 18, 2015, 11:17 pm  //  John Servais

Joy Gilfilen is challenging incumbent Jack Louws for County Executive.

4 comments; last on May 20, 2015

85 County Single Candidate Elections

Fri, May 15, 2015, 6:10 pm  //  John Servais

Running update of who is filing for office in Whatcom County. Posts during day Friday and final update Friday evening.

4 comments; last on May 17, 2015

Updated:  Ski to Sea Tries to Bully Bellingham

Wed, May 13, 2015, 5:30 pm  //  John Servais

Updated | Ski to Sea race does not need to race through sensitive Chuckanut Community Forest Park for special mountain bike leg. City did not renege.

10 comments; last on May 15, 2015

County proposes free pass for vacation rentals

Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 2:05 pm  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes a second article on the increasing number of vacation rentals - and the County Council bill to let them expand dramatically.

4 comments; last on May 02, 2015

Student Housing Project Revived for Lincoln St. Development Site

Thu, Apr 09, 2015, 5:03 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Puget Neighborhood is about to become a bit more crowded but less than originally planned. 600+ students to be housed south of Fred Meyer.

6 comments; last on Apr 12, 2015

A Perspective on Port Politics

Sat, Apr 04, 2015, 1:15 pm  //  John Servais

The port's latest bone-headed deal calls for the good citizens of Whatcom County to consider the options...unless we're enjoying our Groundhog Day.

3 comments; last on Apr 07, 2015

Irish Thuggery

Thu, Apr 02, 2015, 8:30 pm  //  Tip Johnson

The difference between a threat and a promise

5 comments; last on Apr 03, 2015

Port Gives Away Our Bellingham Waterfront

Wed, Apr 01, 2015, 12:20 am  //  John Servais

Port of Bellingham today sold out our public waterfront to a foreign shell company formed 6 days ago. Sold it cheap and with a screwy arrangement.

32 comments; last on Apr 05, 2015

The Last Lessons of Dr. David T. Mason

Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 11:16 am  //  Guest writer

Kamalla Kaur worked with David Mason on his biographical materials and offers this tribute to his illustrious life.

2 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015

County Meth Ordinance Sent Back to Committee

Fri, Mar 13, 2015, 5:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Whatcom County Council has sent discussion on changing the meth ordinance back to the Public Works, Health and Safety Committee

0 comments

Robyn du Pre` Has Passed On

Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 1:06 pm  //  John Servais

Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.

9 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015

How the Party Treats Jeb and Hillary Tells You Everything

Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 10:39 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley shares some insight into the national political parties

5 comments; last on Mar 09, 2015

Dealing with Meth Contamination - A Race to the Bottom in Whatcom County

Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 6:31 am  //  Dick Conoboy

In a hearing, possibly on 3 March, the Whatcom County Council will consider an ordinance changing the rules for contaminated meth use sites.

1 comments; last on Feb 27, 2015

Rent-to-Own Scam on Tenants

Mon, Feb 09, 2015, 6:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Not all rent-to-own propositions are an unwise method to buy a home but some are schemes to rip off the unsuspecting tenant.

0 comments

The Hidden Election

Mon, Feb 02, 2015, 9:34 am  //  Guest writer

No ballot mailed to you. You must request a ballot for voting in the Whatcom Conservation District election. Deadline to apply is Feb 9. By Barbara Perry

0 comments

Little Hong Kong by the Bay

Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 10:56 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein Bellingham's billion dollar boondoggle is revisited

5 comments; last on Aug 14, 2015

A Call to Action to Support the Lummi Nation

Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 9:55 am  //  Terry Wechsler

The Lummi requested on Jan. 5, 2015, that the federal government, through the Army Corps of Engineers, honor Art. V of the Treaty of Point Elliott and deny…

1 comments; last on Feb 04, 2015

The Pickett House Museum

Sun, Jan 25, 2015, 12:32 pm  //  Guest writer

Adventures of George Pickett in the Pacific Northwest Wilderness

5 comments; last on Jan 28, 2015

Call to Action—Shell Anacortes Crude by Rail Proposal

Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 3:15 pm  //  Terry Wechsler

The fourth area refinery crude by rail infrastructure project to receive permits without benefit of environmental review is being appealed, and provides an opportunity to make precedent.

0 comments

Riley Sweeney to Receive Paul deArmond Award

Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 12:13 am  //  John Servais

The second annual award for Citizen Journalism will be to The Political Junkie himself who runs the Sweeney Politics blog, Riley Sweeney.

2 comments; last on Jan 24, 2015

The Annexation Games

Tue, Jan 20, 2015, 3:07 am  //  Guest writer

Guest article by Sandra Alfers. Water and sewer connections drive unwanted annexation. Trickle Creek homeowners are muzzled by a "no protest zone."

1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2015

A Walk With Hope

Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 10:14 pm  //  Guest writer

Ellen Murphy gives us a poem for this Martin Luther King day of remembrance.

2 comments; last on Jan 21, 2015

Dead or Alive: How do you like your herring?

Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 9:15 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein the ridiculous is ridiculed

5 comments; last on Jan 21, 2015

Lodging Goals for Whatcom County

Thu, Jan 08, 2015, 2:54 pm  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley guest writes about the vacation rentals situation and presents goals for the county council to consider for improving our rural neighborhoods.

1 comments; last on Jan 10, 2015

Water is Valuable

Wed, Dec 31, 2014, 1:16 am  //  Guest writer

Duuhhh! Try doing without it. Marian Beddill provides an overview of our rural Whatcom County water situation and the efforts to find fair solutions.

3 comments; last on Jan 08, 2015

Riley’s Top 5 Whatcom Political Stories of 2014

Wed, Dec 24, 2014, 1:23 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

The Herald gave us their top 10 stories, Riley gives you his top 5

0 comments

Coal Ship Collisions Study Is Released

Thu, Dec 18, 2014, 5:04 pm  //  John Servais

One part of the environmental study for the proposed Cherry Point mega coal terminal has been completed and released. It deals with ship collisions - they call it…

2 comments; last on Dec 22, 2014

Twas the Week Before Christmas…

Thu, Dec 18, 2014, 12:26 pm  //  John Servais

Bellingham Public Works shows how tone deaf they can be to business concerns. They insisted on street work that takes away up to 80 parking spaces in Fairhaven…

0 comments

Bellingham City Council Approves Rental Inspections

Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 3:51 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

7-0! City Council Unanimous. Rentals Will Be Inspected in Bellingham. Thanks go to WWU students for speaking out to city council.

5 comments; last on May 02, 2015

Council Moving Rapidly on Rental Registration and Inspections

Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 5:05 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Bellingham City Council has added an inspection component to the registration-only rental ordinance proposal of Councilmember Murphy

4 comments; last on Dec 16, 2014

New Year’s Eve and Consumer Fireworks - Ban in Effect

Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 6:37 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The ban on consumer fireworks that took effect last summer is valid all year, even New Year's Eve

1 comments; last on Dec 11, 2014

Ship Breaks Loose at Port of Bellingham

Tue, Dec 09, 2014, 1:31 pm  //  John Servais

The Horizon Lines ship - the many year resident of the Port of Bellingham - broke loose this morning due to failure of some system. A few photos.

3 comments; last on Dec 10, 2014

Whatcom County and the New Sharing Economy

Tue, Dec 09, 2014, 2:25 am  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes of how unregulated vacation rentals are invading the Lake Whatcom watershed. She urges action before the Planning Commission meeting on 11 December.

4 comments; last on Jan 03, 2015

War and Peace

Wed, Dec 03, 2014, 2:20 pm  //  Richard Lewis

Poet Richard Lewis reflects on Elizabeth Warren

3 comments; last on Dec 07, 2014

 

New Links

Bellingham Wins

Noisy Waters

Election Info

Election Results

WA State Elections
Whatcom County Elections

Coal, Oil & Trains

Coal Stop

Community Wise Bham
Powder River Basin R. C.

Local Blogs & News

Bellingham Herald

Bham Business Journal
Bham Politics & Econ
Cascadia Weekly
Ferndale Record
Friends of Whatcom
Get Whatcom Planning
KGMI
Latte Republic
League of Women Voters
Lynden Tribune
Noisy Waters
Northern Light
Twilight Zoning
Western Front - WWU
Whatcom Watch

Local Causes

Chuckanut C. Forest

City Club of Bellingham
Conservation NW
Futurewise - Whatcom
Lake Whatcom
Lummi Island Quarry
N. Cascades Audubon
NW Holocaust Center
RE Sources
Salish Sea Org.
Save the Granary
Transition Whatcom
WA Conservation Voters
Whatcom Peace & Justice

Governments

- Whatcom County

Bellingham
Port of Bellingham
Skagit County
US House
US Senate
US Supreme Court
US The White House
WA State
WA State Elections
Whatcom COG

NWCitizen 1995-2007

Early Northwest Citizen

Weather & Climate

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Climate Audit
Nat Hurricane Center
NW Radar
Two day forecast
Watts Up With That?

Leisure

Adventures NW

Bellingham Wins
Edge of Sports
Entertainment NNW
Famous Internet Skiers
Recreation Northwest
Sailing Anarchy

Good Web Sites

Al-Jazeera online

Alaska Dispatch
AlterNet.org
Antiwar.com
Arab News
Asia Times
Atlantic, The
Change The Mascot
Common Dreams
counterpunch
Crosscut Seattle
Daily Kos
Daily Mirror
Doonesbury
Drudge Report
FiveThirtyEight
Foreign Policy in Focus
GlobalPost
Guardian Unlimited
Gulf News
Haaretz
Huffington Post
Innocence Project
Irish Times
James Fallows
Jerusalem Post
Joel Connelly
Juan Cole
Julia Ioffe/New Republic
Le Diplo
Media Matters
Michael Moore
Middle East Times
MoveOn.org
Nation, The
New American Century
News Trust
NMFA
numbers
Online Journal
Palestine Daily
Palestine News
Paul Krugman
Personal bio info
Portland Indy Media
Progressive Review
Project Vote Smart
Reuters
Sea Shepherd
Slate
Stand for the Troops
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Talking Points Memo
TED
The Crisis Papers
The Intercept
the Oatmeal
Tom Paine.com
truthout
Vox
War and Piece
Washington Votes
WikiLeaks.ch
ynetnews.com

Quiet, Offline or Dead

Bellingham Register

Bhm Herald Politics Blog
Bob Sanders
Carl Weimer
Chuckanut Mountains
Citizen Ted
Citizens of Bellingham
Cordata & Meridian
David Hackworth
Facebook Port Reform
HamsterTalk
Intrnational Herald Tribune
Jack Petree
MikeatthePort
N. Sound Conservancy
No Leaky Buckets
Northwest Review
Orcinus
Post-Oklahoman
Protect Bellingham Parks
Sweeney Politics
The American Telegraph
Wally Wonders