Today marks the last and final scoping meeting in Seattle for the proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. It is an important chance for community members to stand up for this project before federal and state agencies determine its future. The meeting will take place at the Washington State Convention Center, Ballroom 6F between 4-7 PM (PST) today.
In Washington State, residents face an 8.5 percent unemployment rate with some of the hardest hit sectors being the local shipping, and construction industries. Residents in the Northwest know they need new jobs opportunities – that is why the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports is fighting to approve five proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest.
These projects would create thousands of new jobs and generate millions in local tax revenues, adding much-needed funds to state and local budgets for schools and other vital services like emergency responders. This doesn’t include local income tax revenues and other benefits of getting thousands of people back to work in well-paying jobs.
Most Washingtonians are in support of these projects. A public opinion poll released last month by the Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the United Transportation Union, the Oregon State Building, and Construction Trades Council showed that local residents support the planned export terminal by 2 to 1 margin. These results mirror the poll findings from July by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that also showed 2 to 1 support for the terminals. (continue reading…)