Let's see who we've got there...Well, for starters, we've got Nathan West, who years ago sold his soul to the Devil for job security. Nathan used to "know better," but by now only seems to know how to hold on to his job. Then there's elderly, ill and always out of it Pat Downie, the doddering dodo of Port Angeles politics. Next to Pat there's clueless Connie Beauvais, the far-right dream girl of 1955. When Edna's not available, call Connie! Then you've got morally bankrupt Steve Tharinger. I guess they let Steve hold the scissors, because he's so practiced at putting knives in people's backs. Oh, and let's not forget Pixie Bob Larsen, "CEO" of the "Composites Recycling Technology Center." With his Kim Jong-Il style bouffant, Bob cuts a dashing figure as he helps the Usual Suspects shuffle the latest bullshit around.
Now, I ask about success, because, really, that's the product that these people and the CRTC are peddling. They're promising to take composite waste scraps and spin them into JOBS! MARKETABLE PRODUCTS! And did we mention JOBS!
But...At the risk of sounding skeptical, let me ask a few more questions. As far as creating jobs, what sort of track record do the people you see here have? Even at a one-step remove, what sort of job have they done at creating a community and/or economy and/or educational environment that would be conducive to job growth? For those from local governing bodies, how have they done on civic and environmental and regulatory oversight?
Let's remember that, for all intents and purposes, these people, and their cohorts, are the ones who let the Garbage Bluff be born. Who let the Rayonier site sit, toxic and untouched. Who've allowed combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to go on for decades. Who let Nippon put a power plant on the shoreline - and let them start construction on it without permits. These are members of the governing crowd that gave away 100+ acres of industrial zoned land to land rapist Dan Morrison in a sleazy deal. Their fingerprints are all over putting the Turd Tank on the shoreline as well, as well as many other bad, destructive ideas.
In other words, these are the people who have allowed industry and individuals to trash the environment, literally leave piles of garbage and toxic waste and polluted soil all over Clallam County, and have turned a blind eye to ever cleaning up any of the messes they've helped facilitate.
With all that in mind, I have my doubts about the wisdom of their scheme to bring yet one more type of waste product to Clallam County, pile it up somewhere, and wait for it to turn into cold, hard cash. More than likely, it will, in the long run, end up sitting in a pile somewhere on the shoreline, just one more toxic hotspot in Port Angeles.
In short, my faith in the ability of any of these people to "get things right" is weak, very weak.