August 19, 2019
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Supporters asked to speak up for LNG storage facility in Tacoma



It's time for the public to weigh in on the final hurdle as Puget Sound Energy completes its liquid natural gas (LNG) facility at the Port of Tacoma.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has made a preliminary determination that the proposal meets all permit requirements and should be approved. The clean air permit is the last major hurdle facing the LNG plant, which would provide clean-burning fuel for ships currently using dirty bunker fuel. The 8-million-gallon tank on the Tacoma tide flats would also ensure greater stability in the natural gas network serving the western United States, especially during very cold weather or other times of heavy use.

In a new video, Puget Sound Energy notes those and other benefits of the proposal, including an 85 percent reduction in heavy particulates produced by ships.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is accepting comments now. Click here first to sign up and then click here to show your support for a key permit to allow the project to move forward.

The agency will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m. at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.



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America Needs the Ex-Im Bank


Help state's diverse exporters keep making sales

By The (Everett) Herald Editorial Board

As a "good, and easy to win" trade war escalates with China, now would be a dumb time to take a useful tool away from Washington state's exporters of wine, seafood, software and -- oh, yes -- airliners and other advanced manufactured products.

Especially so, since that tool's full utility was restored only earlier this spring after being left hobbled for nearly four years.

That tool is the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

The Export-Import Bank, in operation for 85 years, helps businesses large and small by providing loans, insurance and other assistance that help promote exports by those businesses. That trade assistance helps those businesses secure sales that otherwise might not be facilitated by private-sector banks. While the federal government provides some funding for the bank's administration, its lending makes the bank self-supporting, and it actually is a money-maker for the nation, returning $5.2 billion to the U.S. Treasury during the last 10 years...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
Trade War Casualties


The Tariff Battle With China Threatens Washington's Well-Being

By Spencer Cohen

If left unchecked, the trade war between the U.S. and China has the potential for long-lasting damage to the Washington state economy. U.S. businesses have many legitimate grievances toward China, including intellectual property theft and industrial policies that seemingly disadvantage them in China. But the longer the dispute remains unresolved, the greater the risk to Washington's historically prosperous trade relationship with China. Trade wars, as a general rule, yield no true winners. The collateral damage -- in terms of lost overseas market share, aggravated supply chains, a reduction of cargo handled at our ports, reduced investment, and impacts to households in the form of higher costs -- can be pernicious.

Washington's close linkages with China make this region all the more vulnerable to an extended contraction of trade, impacting local businesses and communities across the state. For years, U.S.-China economic ties have helped mollify impulses for more aggressive agitation and flare-ups. A reduction in economic interdependence means less economic benefits are immediately at stake from a more strained relationship or even confrontation, a dangerous scenario for the world and Washington state's economic well-being.

Read the full editorial in Seattle Business Magazine