Tony Larson’s pro-coal past and multiple false claims are non-starters for the role of Whatcom County Executive / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of a May 9, 2017 tweet (that was subsequently removed from their Twitter feed) by Whatcom Business Alliance’s Step Up Twitter profile.

October 15, 2019 Dena Jensen

To me, the biggest argument against Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) president, Tony Larson, being elected as Whatcom County Executive, is that he makes false statements. Over the last number of years, Mr. Larson made numerous false claims which have targeted numerous Whatcom County Council Members and others. Meanwhile, it is additionally unacceptable that during our current climate crisis, Tony Larson has made himself a champion for fossil fuel expansion, including a massive coal export project, at Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, and is now allowing himself to be promoted through the endorsement of the pro-Trump Whatcom County Republican Party.

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Lest anyone forget – ever – Craig Cole was for coal and posed a threat to Lummi treaty rights / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access a page of articles referencing Craig Cole’s involvement in promoting the Gateway Pacific coal terminal

It has come to my attention that some of our community leaders may be in need of a refresher course on Bellingham public figure, Craig Cole’s years of avid advocacy for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal.

Someone alerted me to an email sent to the 42nd LD Democrats list-serve in response to some concern expressed by local investigative journalist Sandy Robson about contributions to the campaign for candidate for Whatcom County Executive, Jim Boyle.

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Fire Doug #4 / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

whatcom watch property wrongs

Click the graphic to access the Oct/Nov 2013 Whatcom Watch article “How Property Rights Can Become Property Wrongs”

August 29, 2018  Dena Jensen

Here’s the Day 4 Doug’s Got to Go post. This one should be filed in the “Company He Keeps” category. In an Oct/Nov 2013 article in the Whatcom Watch, Sandy was talking about a forum for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal held back in 2011 that was hosted by the ultra-conservative Northwest Business Club, which an infamously anti-tribal-treaty-rights member of our community, Ron Reimer, was emceeing. Senator Ericksen was one of four featured panelists at that event, including a notably anti-tribal-treaty rights radio host, Dick Donohue of KGMI. Continue reading

Bellingham Port Commission, District 1 candidate Dan Robbins’ support from fossil fuel interests in past and present elections / Facebook post, Sj Robson

Dan Robbins cropped fossil fuels

7 hrs  October 26, 2017  Sandy Robson

Today a sponsored Facebook ad came into my feed from candidate for Port of Bellingham Commission, Dan Robbins, via his “Vote Dan Robbins” campaign page.

Robbins is running against Port candidate Michael Shepard, whose background garnered him an endorsement by the Washington Conservation Voters, which supports environmentally responsible candidates who their organization expects to be environmental champions that will protect and restore Washington’s environment. Continue reading