The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal


By Bob Ferris Thirty years ago or so FRAM oil filters used to run TV commercials featuring a mechanic named Jerry and a tag line: You can pay me now or you can pay me later.  The take away message being that it cost a lot less to take proactive or preventative measures than to … Continue reading The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal

10 Coal Questions for Port of Coos Bay


Ten Questions for Port of Coos Bay CEO David Koch— Since I was unable to attend the City of Eugene’s working session, here are my top ten questions:   1- If your consultants used standard industry numbers how come your job numbers per million tons of coal exported are twice Cherry Point’s numbers which also … Continue reading 10 Coal Questions for Port of Coos Bay

Coos Bay Coal Terminal–Look at the Jobs and Money Closely


There are things in life that make no sense when exposed to the light of day.  Many of these are offered by charlatans selling items like cattle magnets to improve gas mileage and some of them are foisted on the American public by the very “military-industrial complex” Dwight Eisenhower once warned us about.    Perfect … Continue reading Coos Bay Coal Terminal–Look at the Jobs and Money Closely

Bob Ferris on the Radio in Coos Bay–of Timber, Coal, LNG, and Jobs


  Bob Ferris interview on the Mark McKelvey Show on July 10, 2012.  He and Mark talk about timber, coal, LNG and jobs in Coos Bay.  The 40-minute interview starts at about minute 11 and can be heard by clicking here.                

Please Take a Cold Hard Look at Coal Trains


"It's déjà vu all over again" –Yogi Berra Yogi Berra made the above quote when he watched Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the early 1960s.  I feel the same way—absent the elation—as I watch this coal debate unfold here in Eugene just as it did in Bellingham two years … Continue reading Please Take a Cold Hard Look at Coal Trains

The Carbon Curtain Coalition


Naomi Klein in her book Shock Doctrine laid out a recipe for our destruction: Take a real or manufactured crisis, add economic interests with political clout, and apply both towards a bend-over-backwards Congress and a panicked public.  The end result being economic interests allowed to cause us more harm and make even more money in … Continue reading The Carbon Curtain Coalition

Cordovans, Fishermen Cry Foul On Proposed Road, Port A Wolf In Shepard’s Clothing


By Gabriel Scott, Alaska Report February 5th, 2007   Alaska's newest road to nowhere is nearing a decision. Public comments are pouring in and the town is abuzz about the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cordova Oil Spill Response Facility, a.k.a. the Shepard Point Road Project, a controversial proposed 4.5 mile road and deep … Continue reading Cordovans, Fishermen Cry Foul On Proposed Road, Port A Wolf In Shepard’s Clothing