Majority of NW residents support coal export terminals

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Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports

Environmentalists have been fighting proposed coal export terminals and trying to claim that these projects aren’t popular but a newly released poll shows that a majority of Northwest residents actually support these projects by a 2 to 1 margin!

This poll is consistent with other surveys conducted over the past year showing support for these projects including:
  • A poll by Gallatin Public Affairs found that 56.6 percent of Washington voters and 54.5 percent of Oregon voters supported coal exports (November 2012);
  • A poll released by the Gateway Pacific Terminal last fall showed that 56 percent of people in Whatcom and Skagit counties favored the proposed bulk export terminal (Fall 2012);
  • A poll by Moore Information found that 74 percent support additional rail and barge traffic for the projects, viewing it as crucial to Washington’s export economy and a sign of economic growth, vs. 15 percent who say train and barge traffic should not increase (January 2013).

The proposed port terminals in the Northwest would help create 11,885 family-wage jobs and nearly 25 million dollars in annual tax revenue for local areas:

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