Whatcom County council votes against fossil fuel exports!

Last week, with a vote of 6-1 and tons of supporters in the crowd, the Whatcom County Council extended the moratorium on unrefined fossil fuels exports through Cherry Point.

This is an amazing victory for local communities and a major win for the climate!

For years, the fossil fuel industry has had its eye on Whatcom County, Washington as one of the last undeveloped deep water ports on the West Coast. From coal to oil to natural gas, the community has continually faced the threat of carbon pollution equaling twice the amount of what entire state of Washington produces!

The public hearing last week went on for hours as community members and workers spoke one after the other in favor for the fossil fuel moratorium. The community sent this message loud and clear: Whatcom county is closed to dirty energy export plans.

Blocking these projects before they even apply for permits is strategic.

In an era where the federal protections are being deliberately dismantled, action by local governments using land use and zoning authority, are incredibly important. This critical step buys time to craft permanent policies to protect one of the last deep-water ports on the west coast as well as crucial local jobs.

The climate can’t wait. Victories from mighty communities like this are important now more than ever. 

Next week Stand is hosting a celebration of artists protecting the Salish Sea called Stand and Resist. There will be an evening of performance and 10-day visual art exhibit. If you are in the area, we hope you’ll join us!