Take the politics out of the port’s business

OlympiaApril 15, 2014 

What is the business of the Port of Olympia? Is it the port’s business to accept military convoys? How about logs or windmill parts from Denmark? Has the port enabled war, added to deforestation and killed birds through these activities or has it provided for sustainable wind energy, renewable resource distribution and safe passage home for troops?

I believe the port’s business, pure and simple, is to provide its services in the most efficient and cost effective manner it can. The essence of its business is to facilitate all legal trade without waste; it is an economic venue, not a political venue.

In Sue Gunn’s and Emily Lardner’s view the port’s business also needs to pass political muster. This political muster evidently includes a ‘none of the above’ clause in relation to fossil fuels and energy production. There are those with differing views on natural gas production including those who see it as the clean energy bridge to a fossil fuel-free energy future just as there are different views on the war, logging and wind energy.

Lardner asks “why can’t we get our port out of the fracking business?” Longshore workers, truck drivers, loggers, maritime industry and energy field workers should wonder what is next. I sure do.

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