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YES on I-732 Fits Conservative & Liberal Values

Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.

Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.

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Beware the deceptive and very last minute anti-732 campaign.

Vote YES on initiative 732. The Carbon Tax is really neutral as our sales taxes and other taxes will be reduced by the amount of carbon tax collected. The big coal companies and the big environmental groups - like the Sierra Club - are both campaigning against 732. My. What more evidence do we, as conservatives or liberals, need to vote YES.

​Suddenly - starting yesterday, Thursday, Nov 3 - these vaguely worded ads started appearing on websites we go to. A New York outfit is running them. We will be weeks after the election before we find out whose money funded this. Yes, our Washington Public Disclosure laws have been watered down and under funded by the legislature for 44 years until they are totally ineffective.

Why would the Sierra Club be against 732? Because 732 does not punish corporations. Uber enviros do not want to just improve our environment and make it safer - they also have an agenda to harm corporations for perceived past wrongs. 732 is a great and beautifully formulated bill that will not raise our taxes while promoting pollution cleanup - and not harm corporations or citizens or local economies. It will simply make it more expensive for the big polluters. Let them pay for their pollution. The American way to do things.

One of the most trusted voices on the environment in the Pacific Northwest, Cliff Mass, strongly endorses YES on 732. Cliff is independent in his thinking and is not easily bullied - as are some other of our community enviro voices. It is sad how many local enviro leaders are quiet on this issue.

Other enviro groups against 732 are the Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council. What a shame, considering some of the most prominent leaders of these groups are in Bellingham. They all offer very lame excuses for being against - including trying to include a race card. They are all coming off the same talking points - and it is all fabricated to rationalize their anger that big corporations are not being punished. In truth, 732 is a very beautiful measure to help the environment in a way that everyone can vote for.

Two enviro groups who are for I-732 and encourage us to vote YES are our local Re-Sources in Bellingham and the Audubon Society of Washington. Solid support.

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YES on I-732 Fits Conservative & Liberal Values

By John ServaisOn Nov 04, 2016

Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.

Just So You Know…

By Deb GaberOn Aug 29, 2016

Marijuana impacts on rats. Very interesting.

Coal Trains Blocked by Local Protesters

By John ServaisOn Aug 28, 2016

Updated on Monday. An elaborate tripod was erected over the railroad tracks on the bridge over Chuckanut Bay and protesters sat in a sling. 11 hour train stoppage.

3 comments, most recent 7 years ago

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

By Guest WriterOn May 18, 2016

Jay Taber, a strong environmentalist for decades, guest writes a harsh critique of the 350 org anti-fossil fuel demonstrations at the Anacortes oil refineries last weekend.

2 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

By John ServaisOn May 14, 2016

The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.

2 comments, most recent 8 years ago

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

By John ServaisOn May 09, 2016

The Seattle office of the Army Corps of Engineers has formally denied a permit for building a coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County. Updated at 4pm.

4 comments, most recent 8 years ago

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

By John ServaisOn Apr 18, 2016

Liquid natural gas terminal is rumored to be in planning stages for Cherry Point as the Oregon proposed LNG plan is abandoned.

6 comments, most recent 8 years ago

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2016

At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.

2 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

By John ServaisOn Apr 01, 2016

Work on EIS put on hold as coal companies wait for Army Corps of Engineers decision. Well, it was not in March. This is not an April 1 gag.

3 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

By Guest WriterOn Mar 23, 2016

Activist contests $10,000 fine for climbing on a Shell oil vessel. Rob Lewis guest writes this report.

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

By John ServaisOn Mar 16, 2016

Updated 4:30pm. Helena, Montana newspaper says GPT may be denied this week by Army Corps of Engineers. US Rep Zinke panics and accuses Army of politics.

4 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 15, 2016

Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.

2 comments, most recent 8 years ago

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.

2 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

By David CampOn Mar 09, 2016

What almost happened on the coast of Maine could happen here at Cherry Point. Portland, Maine, stopped oil exports - and Whatcom County can also. If we act.

Earthquake lightly shakes Bellingham

By John ServaisOn Dec 30, 2015

Earthquake near San Juan Island felt in Bellingham late Tuesday night

Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

By John ServaisOn Oct 24, 2015

Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.

6 comments, most recent 8 years ago

Coal Ship Collisions Study Is Released

By John ServaisOn Dec 18, 2014

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 “vessel traffic.”

2 comments, most recent 9 years ago

Reliable Prosperity

By Sandy RobsonOn Aug 14, 2014

Sandy Robson guest writes of the need for real prosperity at Cherry Point, not a destructive short term coal port that destroys the fishing grounds.

5 comments, most recent 9 years ago

Manifest Clandestine-y

By Sandy RobsonOn Jul 07, 2014

Guest writer Sandy Robson breaks the story of officials from Washington treated to a coal-promoting junket to Wyoming.

2 comments, most recent 10 years ago

Sins of Omission

By Sandy RobsonOn Jun 27, 2014

In the Weekly, Tim Johnson left out three words in quoting Craig Cole - and his story misleads readers. Guest article by Sandy Robson.

11 comments, most recent 10 years ago