1. Today's Winner is the campaign against the Cherry Point coal terminal.
Opposition to coal exports picked up momentum today when the Oregon Department of Lands rejected a key permit for the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.
The Port of Morrow site is one of three coal export terminals under consideration in the Pacific Northwest right now that would export coal shipped from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. The other two are in Washington state—one in Longview and the other in Cherry Point.
The three terminals together would be capable of exporting more than 100 million metric tons of coal each year, says an excited press release from Power Past Coal, a coalition of anti-coal activists.
“This decision will only catalyze local movements against coal exports throughout North America. From British Columbia to Washington State to the Gulf of Mexico, communities are saying no to coal exports.” the release quoted Devin Martin, Associate Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.
For our ongoing coverage of the proposed Cherry Point terminal, which would ship about 50 million metric tons of coal to Asia annually, start here. The Cherry Point terminal, just outside Bellingham, would result in as many 18 coal trains per day traveling through the region, including Seattle.
2. Today's (Other) Loser is U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5)
Speaking of not getting permission.
Just a couple of hours before her town hall this evening, The Spokesman Review ran the story that Rep. McMorris Rodgers' increasingly sloppy office (earlier this year, her former spokesman Todd Winer filed a complaint that she campaigned on the public's dime) sent out a mailer with a picture of Rep. McMcorris Rodgers featuring an elderly woman without getting the woman's permission.
The woman has been dead since January 2013.