A biofool plant near Ferndale, Washington is now the subject of an emergency cleanup effort by EPA and other agencies, as the plant failed to turn a profit and was ultimately abandoned. A similar facility, funded in part by the state to produce biofuels in Clatskanie, Oregon, likewise failed but was not abandoned; it was converted into a facility that today offloads crude oil from mile-long oil trains and transfers the product onto ships in the Columbia River, much to the dismay of Portland politicians and others who frequently rant against the trains. Heh!
In other Green&Sustainable™ news, Seattle's "bike-share" program finally died yesterday after 2.5 years of failure:
SEATTLE -- Pronto, the city's bike-share program, lasted two and a half years and cost millions of dollars.
It appears that people just didn't take to riding the things, which - as is the case in all "bike-share" programs - are heavy and cumbersome, so it's hard to get up a hill on them. An additional factor has been the rain; a lot of people don't much care to ride a bicycle in that kind of weather.
For Seattle residents like Nate Newcomber, the bikes were not just sensible.
"I have a light bike and I don't like heavy bikes."
Politicians in the Pacific Northwest have pumped tens of millions of state and local taxpayer dollars into these sorts of Green and Unsustainable projects, most of which have gone bust; in some cases, as in the great SoloPower debacle which was purportedly going to produce thin-film solar panels at a plant in northeast Portland while bringing in hundreds of jobs after state and local governments gave them $40 million, they took the money and almost immediately filed for bankruptcy. The company produced no panels and no jobs.
In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog: "It's not easy being green." It's also really, really expensive.