Comment By Bob L.
Federal, States, Counties, and Cities are Anti jobs for American workers, if you have not noticed these organisations will do any thing to bring Foreign workers in to this Country to line some ones pockets.
Just think how many jobs and lives this will affect, but these groups don’t care just as long as it does not affect their jobs. The problem is that it does affect every ones job one way or another, whether you know it or not, and with the brain washing going on in this Country today, people are getting dumber and dumber, and a lot of this brain washing starts in Schools and Colleges.
How many times have you heard any of them turn down these people and say that we need to put Americans to work first, this is ALL Legal Americans the only ones that I have heard is the people protesting trying to protect and save their jobs, but on the other hand, the next ones to protest any or new jobs or save jobs are Environmentalists, and Special Interest, it seems to be that they have a job, they don’t care if any one else has one.
(All legal Americans are People who have come to this Country and become legal and not SNUCK in on a visa or Across the Border)
Look how many people have been laid off so these Companies could bring in Foreign workers, look how many have had to train workers for THEIR jobs so the Company could go over seas or down size just to hire people on work .
Then you have Governments that want more money because they are running Businesses out and can not figure out why, and then on top of that they won’t let new businesses come in unless they meet stiff standards.
Cities, tribes: No coal port, no coal trains here
Posted By Joel Connelly
April 22, 2013
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, oft-faulted for a go-it-alone governing style, became a coalition builder Monday, joining with other city officials and Indian tribes in a new organization designed to build opposition to location of big coal export terminals in Northwest waters.
In an interview, McGinn suggested that the newly formed Leadership Alliance Against Coal will seek outside, non-governmental funding. Seattle has already done a transportation study on the impact of having as 18 coal trains, each as long as a mile-and-a-half, plying the waterfront each day.
The city is now doing an economic impact study, and the Puget Sound Regional Council has said it will examine various impacts of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham, which would receive coal from Wyoming and Montana and export it to China.
“These coal trains threaten the health of our communities, the strength of our economies and the environmental and cultural heritage we share: We stand together to stop the coal trains,” McGinn said during an Earth Day announcement event.
Earlier, McGinn won a big round of applause during dedication of the Bullitt Center, the world “greenest” commercial office building, when he declared: “We can export this clean energy technology, instead of coal.”
Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and one of the state’s most influential native American leaders, declared. “For thousands of years, Washington State tribes have fought to protect all that is important for those who call this great state home. We can no longer allow industry and business to pollute our water and land: We as leaders need to protect our treaty resources, our economies, and the human health of our citizens and neighbors.l”
The coal port battle is likely to become the Northwest’s most intense land — and water — use battle in almost 40 years. It is taking on strong similarity to the years-long 1970′s battle over whether to locate a “superport” and pipeline terminus to receive and ship out oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Losing business to natural gas, the coal industry has turned to its Wyoming and Montana mines, and to the export market, to revitalize its economic fortunes. Environmental groups claim coal trains would harm rather than help the Northwest’s economy. Govs. Jay Inslee of Washington and John Kitzhaber of Oregon want the Obama administration to study impacts on climate change.
Using a longtime industry tactic, supporters of the coal terminal proposals — Big Coal, the railroad industry, and some industrial unions — have formed an “astroturf” grass roots group called the Northwest Alliance for Energy and Jobs. The pro-coal forces have blanketed Northwest TV with commercials and hired supposedly “green” public relations firms.
The opposition has started at the grassroots level, and spread.
The alliance announced by McGinn and Cladoosby includes city officials from Marysville, Shoreline, Spokane, Edmonds, Sumner, Bainbridge Island and Seattle . . . as well as officials from the Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Indians, Spokane Indians, and the Swinomish Indians.
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said: “The city of Spokane cannot afford to have additional coal trains coming through that disrupt truck routes, emergency services and the health of our citizens. In addition, we must address climate change as elected leaders and must take action.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected soon to announce its scoping plan for environmental studies on the proposed coal ports, a key step given that evaluations could be narrow — limited to impacts near the ports — or region-wide.