Last week, the far left won a major battle in its ongoing war on jobs when Oregon “rejected a permit for construction of the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.” Celebrating their “victory” on setting back economic recovery, extreme environmentalists in Whatcom County and Seattle renewed their vow to fight the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.
Kate Blystone, program director at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities in Bellingham, said of Oregon’s decision,
“We know this fight isn’t over… Having one less proposal, it doesn’t take the pressure off – it puts some pressure on. We’re hopeful that our community will be able to stand up and continue to fight (the Gateway Pacific Terminal) proposal because it’s not good for the future. It’s not forward thinking.”
Perhaps the most notable opponent to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project is liberal California billionaire Tom Steyer. During the 2013 election-cycle, Steyer’s money made the difference in gaining green-friendly control of the Whatcom County Council. Steyer’s hope was that, by buying the County Council, he might ensure the project’s death.
As SHIFT has reported, experts estimate that the Gateway Pacific Terminal project will generate $1.5 billion in private investment to grow and expand trade with Asia, benefiting Washington’s trade industry and Washington-based exporters. Opponents to the project have gone to great lengths (read: lies) in their attempt to sway public opinion, deliberately spreading false information.