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  •  I have been watching this... (1+ / 0-)
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    James Wells

    ...and am unsure how large an impact the B'ham opposition will have.  If they contain it reasonably well, it will the second time Bellingham rose on king coal...the mines beneath the bay having played out long ago...

    I left behind a lot of folks who will never leave, who don't necessarily have much in the way of prospects.  Politically I'm all, yes, stop this!  And I'm also like, djeez, Dave and Wendy could probably use jobs.  I know I'd feel very differently if we were talking Michigan, I'd be all "just no!".  The academic's kids and GP kids and fishermen's kids all went to the same schools...but GP is done, and there aren't so many fish, now.

    China will get its coal.  One thing that makes opposition seem espeicially worthwhile though, to me, is standing in solidarity with the first nations people opposing it up in BC.  

    Mixed thoughts tonight sorry.  Thank you for the pictures to remind me of home.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 05:46:01 PM PST

    •  It is a precious place (3+ / 0-)
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      jessical, aliasalias, Calamity Jean

      and our adopted home.

      I think this project will have a net negative effect on the jobs outlook.  Up to two years of construction jobs and then after that, not much more than three lonely guys in the control room running the huge coal pile.  Meanwhile the impacts endure, including impacts on local businesses.  

      I personally know of several business that are impacted somewhat by the rail lines now, that I can't imagine how they will possibly stay in business after the the rail traffic increases by a factor of 2.5 to 10 (depending on how you measure it).  Maybe the specific businesses could relocate and leave some unrentable buildings in their wake ... sounds great, eh?

      I strongly believe that the future of our town is not coal, even aside from global issues.

      Thanks for your comments,

      We shall not participate in our own destruction.

      by James Wells on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 06:06:21 PM PST

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    •  if nothing else (0+ / 0-)

      opposition raises the price and we get more $ for our workers and local governments.

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