Port of Vancouver pressed on fossil fuel facility policy
Climate change activists continue to press the Port of Vancouver to adopt a policy prohibiting it from building fossil fuel terminals.A dozen people testified during the open forum section of the port commissioners’ Tuesday meeting and advocated for local action to counter global climate change.“Our children are going to have a horrible life if they have to live indoors, in filtered homes, and never go outside,” Cathryn Chudy said.During an April 23 workshop, commissioners discussed a draft renewable/clean energy policy that states: “The port shall not pursue new bulk crude oil or coal terminals.” Several people who testified at the start of Tuesday’s meeting said the draft also should bar facilities for liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.“Pick your evil,” Heidi Cody told commissioners. “Both are kissing cousins of coal and not much cleaner. … We need to shift to renewables now and stop clinging to fossil fuels.”Carrie Parks said she rejects any notion of a trade-off between the economy and the environment.“As Gov. (Jay) Inslee has been pointing out, Washington has a roaring economy, one of the best in the nation, because we are green,” she said.