Way of Life

The decision on whether to allow the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export facility at Cherry Point might ultimately land in the Oval Office. If it does, the president will have to take into consideration the 57 US tribes impacted by the estimated 487 supertankers per year expected to call there. In that consideration, he will have to decide whether to ignore the federal treaties with these tribes that guarantee their fishing rights and sacred sites. KCTS9 Seattle listens to Lummi Nation spokesman Jay Julius elaborate on what’s at stake for the tribes.

War of Globalization

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian government’s closure of environmental protection offices is part of the federal strategy of eliminating environmental protection law in order to remove all obstacles to energy export and extraction. Combined with recent bills that eliminate environmental study and monitoring by federal agencies, the closure of offices, programs and agencies once tasked with environmental protection is eroding public confidence in public officials. As the Harper administration attacks First Nations and other environmental activists, Canada is fast becoming a battleground in the war of globalization.

Few and Far Between

John Spellman, Republican Governor of Washington State from 1980 to 1984, was elected by defeating Democrat Dixy Lee Ray–a pro-nuclear energy advocate. His one and only term as governor coincided with the first term of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, during which Governor Spellman was exposed to intense pressure from the federal government and the oil industry.

As John C. Hughes reports in the first of a series on Governor Spellman’s rendezvous with Puget Sound’s destiny, that destiny called on Spellman’s courage and integrity to stand up to extreme pressure to overturn an Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council decision, thus denying permission to build a 22-mile oil pipeline under Puget Sound. In the end, Spellman chose to uphold the law, and in so doing deny himself another term.

Politicians, let alone Republicans, like that are few and far between.