To understand the Port of Bellingham's desire to promote a Clean Ocean Marina is a positive step forward and about three steps back. When you consider the Port of Bellingham welcomed the Allegiant Air Group with open arms.

Clean Ocean Marina Link

What’s a Clean Ocean Marina?

The Port of Bellingham is working with state, local and federal environmental
agencies and groups to create a new set of marina development guidelines, similar
to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating
System’s guidelines, that will demonstrate how to build a marina that enhances the
environment. The Port hopes the new Downtown Marina will become a model for
Clean Ocean Marinas throughout the country.

The introduction of Allegiant blows the carbon footprint right out of the water.

"Allegiant Air is a very favorable community asset and partner, providing reliable service to a growing number of destinations," said Port Commission President Doug Smith. "The Port is very pleased that Allegiant is basing two aircraft out of Bellingham and is adding new jobs to our economy." POB Link

Creating jobs for the rich who will benefit only a few sounds more like it especially when the corportate jet traffic increases as planned by the Port of Bellingham's Aviation director.

The next time you visit the airport, do the following:

What do you see?
What do you hear?
What do you smell?

Or we can listen to the top scientist and researchers in the world.

On a New York-to-Denver flight, a commercial jet would generate 840 to 1,660 pounds of carbon dioxide per passenger. That's about what an SUV generates in a month.

- USA TODAY 12/19/2006

Its simple logic. This was never a question about community enrichment, the environmental quality, or the overall economic vitality, it's about greed.

Rail is There!

Studies ongoing - pH levels and deicing impact to water quality let alone the impact of Acid Rain impacts.

TAKE BACK THE SKY (Sierra Club Books, 2004) describes the problems faced by communities in the path of aviation expansion, including the laws, science and organizational systems behind this issue. The book makes the policy case for environmentally sustainable aviation.