The Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers said Thursday that they’ve endorsed a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver and have reached an agreement with the project’s backers to ensure the terminal would be built with union labor.
With most attention focused outside Olympia in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election, a potentially key piece of Gov. Jay Inslee’s push for carbon emissions reductions statewide is expected to be released this week – a draft version of a study on the feasibility of a low-carbon fuels standard, which is predicted to raise the cost of gasoline.
The next two years promise to be one of the most dramatic periods in the political history of Washington State. In addition to extraordinary state budget challenges, and an unusual mix of other issues that must be addressed, the state will see a showdown on climate change and carbon emissions. To date the Governor’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce has dominated the news, with its next meeting scheduled for September 9. But on Wednesday night just over fifty people squeezed into the Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Seattle for the CarbonWA Campaign Kickoff Social.
Another Expansive Look at Coal Exports – For Longview Terminal, Ecology Will Consider Coal-Burning in China
Not that it came as a surprise to anyone, but the state Department of Ecology announced Wednesday that it will conduct a broad environmental review of a proposed coal-port terminal in Longview. It will encompass the burning of coal on the other side of the world, the impacts of train and ocean transport — and it won’t register the fact that any potential harm is likely to occur anyway, no matter what Washington does. Business and labor groups complain the state is jiggering the criteria to appease well-organized environmental groups, and warn that all industry is at risk.
Two bills that aim at public concern over oil-by-rail shipments and those ripsnorting mid-continent train explosions appear headed for a collision at the statehouse. But there is something mighty strange about this blowup. Senate and House face the same problem — the state can’t regulate rail safety. So the Senate bill focuses on disaster planning. The green House bill is even more creative. It attacks boats.