A longish article, but with good information for us here in Whatcom County. As we face the looming reality of the Cherry Point Coal Terminal, we would do well to learn what the forces are that are imposing this on us. And let us not fool ourselves on two issues: It is a coal port and the fix is in. None of this 'general cargo terminal' lie and none of this make-believe that the government agencies still need to approve the permits. The fix is in - from the governor to our two U.S. senators to the agencies they control - all of them.
But still, we can learn, and this article is good for looking at the larger picture. George Black traveled to the places and interviewed people and did some research. www.onearth.org is a website of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. It is based in New York. Funny they can have a guy do more traveling in our Washington state than any of our journalists. But then they don't have pressure from local advertisers.
Coal on a Roll, by George Black on the website onearth.org
My thanks to John Watts for referring me to this article - and to his wife Joan for referring it to him.