Continuing our series looking at the Thin Green Line and the role the Pacific Northwest is and will play in America’s energy future.
In Part 1, we looked at shifts away from coal towards cheaper, more abundant oil and natural gas. And so due to the shrinking domestic market, coal companies want to send their fossil fuels to markets in Asia; to do so they need ports and terminals along the west coast.
And that’s The Thin Green Line – the barrier of communities from Oregon, to Washington, to British Columbia that must decide whether they want to allow the trains and pipelines carrying fossil fuels to move through their cities and landscapes.
In Part 2, Dan Langager takes a look at the role not only the Pacific Northwest, but North Central Washington plays in the debate.