New Poll Confirms Washington Voters Support Export Terminal Projects

3:1 support for environmental review process and infrastructure expansion

Seattle, WA – A new survey of Washington state voters confirms strong support for independent environmental review of each proposed bulk terminal export facility and the additional train and barge traffic that will come with expanded coal exports.

Among key findings of the poll:

Moore Information, Inc., a public opinion research and strategic advice firm, conducted the survey January 10 and 12, 2013. The margin of error for the poll was 4 percent. A total of 500 telephone interviews were conducted using live interviewers. 

The survey results were consistent with other polls taken over recent months that show strong support for the proposed export terminals and coal exports.

A November poll indicated that 56.6 percent of Washington voters and 54.5 percent of Oregon voters support coal exports. Likewise, recent Oregon Public Broadcasting poll showed 2:1 support for coal exports in the Northwest, with 55 percent of respondents indicating their support for new coal export proposals. The Gateway Pacific Terminal team also released a poll in October showing that 56 percent of people in Whatcom and Skagit counties favored the proposed bulk export terminal.

“Once again this survey confirms a strong pro-jobs, pro-coal export majority in Washington state,” said Lauri Hennessey, spokeswoman for the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports. “This is not surprising since as trade goes, so goes our regional economy. These facilities will support the shipment of coal and other commodities in an environmentally responsible manner.  In a region where four out of 10 jobs are reliant on trade, our voters expect rigorous environmental review but oppose unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that will only slow the projects and put much-needed new jobs and tax revenue at risk.”

The Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports includes 55 member organizations representing nearly 400,000 individuals. The Alliance is dedicated to educating the public about the economic benefits of new export facilities and coal exports in the Northwest. The proposed facilities would bring in thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for schools and other services in local communities.

Contact: Press Office for the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports

206.268.2253 | [email protected]      

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$25 million

According to data provided by developers and the ports, the terminals would generate a total of roughly $25 million in taxes annually.

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Thousands

Estimates suggest that thousands of permanent, family-wage jobs will be created through project development, with thousands of additional jobs generated in connected and supporting industries

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The number of coal dust complaints received by the Northwest Clean Air Agency, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and Spokane Clean Air Agency, despite coal trains traveling through the region for years.

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Less than 1%

Locomotives are the most fuel efficient means of ground transportation in America, accounting for less than 1% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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$1.5 billion

The amount of private investment developers of the three terminals have pledged to build projects to full capacity.

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