I believe the claim that a significant number of Whatcom County jobs would result from the construction of a new coal terminal is sheer propaganda. Consider this likely scenario: A national or even international company wins the bid for the operation and brings in its own workers. We get nothing. Apply the same logic to every phase of this project and see that profits are going elsewhere and we get only degradation of our health and environment.
From local to global, this is simply another example of corporate arrogance. We must stand against it, on principle and for our own sakes.