The Columbian, June 24, 2012
By Aaron Corvin and Andrea Damewood
After a successful fight to stop a biomass energy plant from going into downtown Vancouver, Sarah Collmer, Heather Lehman and fellow members of the Clark County Clean Air Coalition have one notch in their win column.
Yet the next battle they’ve undertaken — stopping a half-dozen proposed coal-export terminals in Washington and Oregon — will be much harder fought, and on a much larger field.
Global energy companies want to establish the Pacific Northwest as a new international hub for coal exports to feed countries hungry for electricity, primarily in Asia. No coal terminals are proposed to be built in Clark County.
Still, the circumstance of being located between points of supply and demand has thrust the county into the middle of a worldwide debate pitting the demands for fossil-fueled growth against calls to embrace renewable energy to curb the catastrophic impacts of global warming.