Totem pole painter and carver Lucy London, touches up the paint on a traveling 19-foot long totem pole that made a visit to Spokane Tuesday. The Totem Pole Journey is trying to unite opposition to fossil fuel projects by native and nonnative communities. The 2,500-mile bi-national trip includes stops in cities and towns impacted by increased coal and oil rail traffic. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)
Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey” to protest plans to build a coal export terminal north of Bellingham. The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be located at Cherry Point. According to the project’s website, it would be the largest shipping and warehouse facility on the West Coast, sending dry bulk commodities such as coal, grain and potash to Asian markets. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and congressional candidate Joe Pakootas both spoke out against coal exports at the event, which included Native American songs and a 19-foot totem pole. Stuckart said the companies and politicians advocating for more coal export terminals are “addicted to fossil fuels”/Wilson Criscione, SR. More here.
Question: Are you "addicted to fossil fuels," too?