We residents of Washington, including many who settled here because we liked the look of the place, have always offered our broad support for conservation. We willingly set aside land for the enjoyment of future generations. In my experience this support transcends the usual political boundaries, left and right. Our parks and trails, our forests and rivers, our lakes and beaches are precious.
These are heady times if you dislike companies that extract or sell oil, coal or gas. Portland joined the celebration last week when the city council voted unanimously to place 200 fossil fuel companies on its do-not-buy investment list, said the Oregonian. It joins cities like Seattle and institutions like Stanford, the University of Washington and hundreds of others in deciding, in some way, to cleanse their investment portfolio of fossil fuel stock.
We had hoped that by now clean energy jobs would be popping up like phlox on the hillside. The clean energy economy, stoked by subsidy upon subsidy, would rescue our stalling economy and suffering middle class and bring us many family wage jobs. We believe. Or, we believed.
Imagine the entire population of Washington and Oregon forced from their homes, as their government or its enemies slaughter their neighbors and ravage their towns and cities. Imagine 4 million people, the population of Oregon, forced to flee for their lives, with nothing, to wander in search of refuge.