Mayor Dan Pike has picked up another environmental group’s endorsement in his reelection battle: the Sierra Club.
In a press release, Pike attributed the endorsement to his stand against SSA Marine’s plan for a cargo terminal at Cherry Point– a terminal that would likely draw trainloads of coal through the city on their way to vessels bound for China.
“I will do everything in my power to protect Bellingham,” Pike said. “If this project isn’t right for Bellingham—and I believe it is not—I will keep leading the charge, and we will win. I was the first elected leader and the first candidate to come out against this project, and I continue to be the candidate who is actually fighting for us. Stopping this coal port is more important to me than being re-elected.”
Pike’s opponents have varying views.
Kelli Linville says she opposes coal exports and the use of coal to generate power, but she says the city should wait for environmental review of the SSA proposal before coming out in opposition.
Clayton Petree has said that SSA should change its plans and build a container port that would have more economic benefits and fewer environmental problems.
Steve Moore backs SSA’s project.
In other news from the Pike campaign, the mayor and his campaign staff report collecting over $3,000 in contributions during their July 4 rooftop party at the Herald Building.