January 1, 2014
In spite of the cries over extended unemployment benefits being ended in Clark County, indicating the job situation might not be near as rosy as we are led to believe, there are those who would still hype the recent train derailment in North Dakota to use against job creation at the Port.
Let there be no mistake, I do not make light of the accident and in spite of the dangers such a derailment and fire posed for the small town of Casselton, seeing the towns people evacuated and subsequently returning in a short period, the lack of injury is noticeable.
As we saw in Canada, it could have been much worse.
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December 13, 2012
Again we see so-called leaders of the city of Vancouver, Washington turning a blind eye to the plight of citizens not only in the city, but in nearby communities and the rest of the state as Vancouver’s Mayor, ‘Teflon’ Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt stood with enviro-wacko’s, speaking against the proposed coal export terminals being planned that will ship coal to Asia, providing much needed jobs to our state and even benefit the citizens he claims to represent.
Previously covered here, the terminals would accept coal shipped by rail and barge to be loaded onto ships and sold to countries in Asia that are building coal powered facilities to economically benefit regions in their countries that have until now been without electricity.
These countries will buy coal, if not America’s low sulfur coal, other countries coal with much higher concentrates of sulfur. But, they will buy the coal they desire.
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November 28, 2012
“When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…” Barack Obama, January 2008
A simple statement made to the San Francisco Chronicle when first campaigning for president, Barack Obama openly announced his “War on Coal” and with the help of environmentalists, leftists, a willing media and the usual slate of ‘joiners,’ a statement that has been seen all too true as electricity rates have gone up over the last 4 years.
But far from just raising the cost of lighting and heating our homes, Obama’s War on Coal deprives America of good paying jobs while we remain in an elongated period of high unemployment and decreasing revenues collected by our treasury.
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September 26, 2011
Initial report here and here
Burlington Northern has ordered rail lines shut down through Southwest Washington as BNSF police and inspectors investigate tampering along the railway from north of Vancouver to Chehalis.
The first incident was discovered near Longview where recent union unrest has been repeatedly seen along the rail line.
Will be updated as more information becomes available.
Derailing of trains is not just criminal, it is about the most reprehensible act someone can make. Innocent people who live along the rail could be killed in large numbers should a train carrying hazardous substance be derailed and tank cars broken.
The last time I saw such action was instigated by a union in Florida striking against the Florida East Coast Railway. One of the longest an most violent strikes in history, lasting from 1963 to 1977. One derailment was near where I was growing up at the time, in the mid-1960′s. We were fortunate, the primary cargo was beer.
It appears the time the first incident was discovered coincided with the union president turning himself in to law enforcement. No one has taken responsibility for this cowardly act and I doubt they will step up and admit to it, but let’s face it, it’s pretty clear who is behind it.
UPDATE: The lines are now reopened here
Trains will continue to be escorted through the corridor near Longview and BNSF personnel will continue inspecting the tracks.
As union thuggery continues to escalate around Longview, what will it take for Governor Gregoire to activate the Guard to protect people from these violence prone thugs? Will someone have to die before actions are taken?