Grist | A Beacon in the Smog, February 26, 2013
By David Roberts
As I’ve argued several times, the battle over coal-export terminals in the Pacific Northwest is the key U.S. climate fight of the next few years. Coal-port expansion is the fifth most carbon-intensive project currently planned in the world, bigger than anything else over which American politicians have control.
In other words, it’s a defining issue for climate hawks. No ambiguity about it.
So imagine my surprise when I read in The Seattle Times that several purportedly “green” Seattle consultants and strategists are working for the coal companies, trying to bribe and cajole Seattle towns into accepting these polluting monstrosities.
Can you imagine? I mean, how much of a cash-grubbing mercenary do you have to be to throw your “green” reputation overboard for coal money, the dirtiest money on the planet?