Washington voters elected Gov. Jay Inslee over his opponent Rob McKenna at least in part because of differing positions regarding the state’s environmental laws. Now McKenna is working in the private sector to derail the state’s efforts to provide a comprehensive review of the potential environmental and human health impacts of the proposed coal export terminal in Longview and the transport of coal to that facility.
It’s noteworthy that McKenna is a partner in the firm Orrick, Harrington & Sutcliffe, who represent Koch Industries, and that Koch money can be traced to large land purchases in Montana and Idaho, as well as political campaigns in those states, not to mention to McKenna’s losing campaign for governor. Do all roads lead to Koch? The more you look, the more that seems to be the case.
This appears to be another attempt by a narrow interest group to use money and the revolving door of industry and politics to trump the will of the people and the health of the environment.