The Columbia River Economic Development Council said it plans to attract talent in computers and electronics; clean tech, such as wind, solar and new battery technology; software; metals and machinery; and life sciences (“CREDC puts focus on talent,” Sept. 5, The Columbian).
What do we have to offer?
Before I moved here as a child, I remember my parents talking about Mt. Hood, the evergreen trees, the Columbia River Gorge, our clean water, and salmon. That is what draws people here. If Vancouver had the largest crude-by-rail terminal in America, our reputation wouldn’t be the same.
We don’t need an oil terminal to create jobs. Last year, we added 10,500 jobs in Clark County. Construction workers are busy. An oil terminal would provide, at best, 200 jobs and make Vancouver a less attractive place to do business.
Under normal operations, the oil terminal would pollute our air. When rail cars unload into storage tanks, the fumes within the tanks are pushed out. There is no closed-loop system.
Regardless of what Gov. Jay Inslee decides about the oil terminal, there are likely to be appeals, which would allow the new port commission to cancel the lease.
Your vote can make that happen!