On Thursday, January 17, the PSARA Executive Board voted to oppose the proposed Cherry Point deep water coal terminal. We sent the following statement to the Army Corps of Engineers:
The Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action voted to indicate our opposition to the construction of a deep water coal terminal at the Bellingham Cherry Point location. As a multi generational organization with a large proportion of seniors, we believe that the issue of climate change is the transcendent issue of this time in history. As one of our members said, “we are cooking the planet with the use of fossil fuels.” We have a legacy and obligation to do all that we can to diminish the use of fossil fuels which is destroying air quality and negatively impacting the health and well being of all living things. In addition, the increase in train traffic will have a deleterious impact on the movement of people in the Puget Sound region.
We call on the Army Corp of Enginners to consider and include in your EIS the overall crisis our planet is facing and the negative impact the use of fossil fuels like coal are having on present and future life on the planet. If the Army Corp of Engineers is charged with making a recommendation through the EIS process, we urge you to recommend that the plans to build the deep water coal terminal not be approved.