It must be easy to be a Seattle poet like Emily Johnston, who is so certain of the absolute truth that she can take to the Crosscut web site and pen a demand letter to Jay Inslee – “impose a moratorium on all new oil infrastructure projects in the state.”
As Johnston reminds us, her demand is not new. She writes that in “a December 2013 letter, 13 environmental groups asked him to do just that.”
The same environmental zealots that invested more than million dollars to elect Inslee are calling for their return on investment from the nation’s “greenest” governor. Whether he is willing to shut down all road projects (cars use oil, right?), all Port projects (ships use oil, right?) and any expansion of Boeing manufacturing facilities (planes use oil, right?), in addition to the rail infrastructure investments that really bother Ms. Johnston’s crowd, remains to be seen.
But of course, Inslee is willing to jack up our gas prices with a gas tax scheme intended to satisfy his “green” base, so one cannot be sure what he is willing to do to keep his special interest donors happy.
Satisfaction might not come cheap for Inslee, given the latest renewal of the moratorium demand. Ms. Johnston boils it down (no pun intended) for those not as certain as she: “Either fossil fuels are over, or we are. It’s that simple.”
Evidently, simple is something that Ms. Johnston understands well – our state, national and global economic realities, not so much.