A local group will rally on the lawn by the Port Townsend farmer’s market Saturday Sept. 21 at 10:AM. Unfurling a red banner with the national slogan, Draw the Line: The Northwest Says No! to Fossil Fuel Export, the group hosts an information table in front of the community center from 10AM until the market closes.
At 11AM, the participants plan to parade through the market and down the steps to Haller Fountain, circling the block there and ending near the Rose Theater. All members of the community are invited to join this educational gathering and walk. It is designed to alert the community to the threats of the Keystone XL pipeline and the 12 oil and coal export terminals that have been expanded or are planned for Washington. Even more export facilities are designed to follow the coastline through Oregon and British Columbia. The resulting dirty energy shipments directly affect us on the Straits of Juan de Fuca. The group encourages more people to take a stand and speak up.
“The costs are all to us,” Karen Frank said, “in terms of harm to our health and the environment. The benefits go to international corporations and China, resulting in more lost jobs.”
More than 75,000 people across the country have signed a pledge of resistance if President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline. Although only part of the climate change problem, it symbolizes the effort by business and government to continue business as usual, rather than paying attention to the escalating problem of global climate change. It is with Keystone that environmental groups say we must Draw the Line against these harmful policies.