Jay Inslee’s Dept. of Ecology doubled down on Wednesday on its decision to kill new jobs at all costs. Of course, they don’t call it that, they say they’re just “studying the issues.”
But when it comes to export terminals that will ship out coal, we all know what they’re really doing. They want to kill off these projects – and the well-paying jobs and hundreds of millions in investments that go with them.
On Wednesday, Inslee’s Ecology Dept. announced that they will put politics first and ask questions about the Longview export terminal proposal that go far beyond the Longview area and the areas around the rail lines.
Inslee wants to use the state’s Environmental Policy Act to look at not just the impacts of the project here in Washington (a process that every project on the state must go through), but the “end use” of the products being shipped.
That means Inslee will be studying the effects of burning coal in China – far beyond the scope of a standard environmental study.
Jay Inslee’s labor allies want these jobs, but his environmentalist allies want to kill the project at any cost. In that fight, we already know What side Jay Inslee is on.