Mult. Co. Chair Jeff Cogen raises the alarm against coal exports, directs Multnomah County health and emergency staff to take action
Today Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen joins the growing list of major elected officials throughout the northwest in the northwest who are expressing grave reservations over the threat that coal exports pose to regional air quality and global climate change
More importantly, Cogen is taking action and is directing the County's Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management to study the risks and make recommendations for relating country policy in response to those risks.
While some local politicians have leaped up and suggested that nothing can be done to engage public resources on the local level in response to the threat of coal pollution, Cogen clearly sees his role as a public servant differently.
Said Cogen in today's press conference: "We have so much to lose if we let our community's health slide backward because we didn't ask the right questions or looked the other way while potentially devastating decisions are being made."