Occupiers gathered the Port of Coos Bay main offices on Central and Hwy 101 today and protested the Port’s continued support for dirty fossil fuel industries while ignoring a growing renewable energy market. One sign read “Don’t be a gashole”.
Veterans For Peace joined opponents of LNG and coal as well as people asking for the passage of the jobs bill and raising the cap on social security taxes. The Port has earned a hard reputation for secrecy and some of the occupiers went into the Port offices to demand the release of financial records and records pertaining to a proposed coal export terminal. Acting CEO, David Koch, claimed that he would usher in a new era of transparency. When pressed for an explanation of why the Port lied about the need for an emergency declaration to repair the rail line last summer, Koch avoided the topic according to witnesses.