Last month, the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest released a comprehensive "study of financial hardship" covering Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. That report concluded that 50% of Warrenton households and 45% of Astoria households are struggling to afford basic needs. We mentioned those figures in our ad last week, but they bear repeating.
United Way ALICE Report for the Pacific Northwest shows that one-third of our population struggles every month to afford basic necessities.
An Astoria newspaper recently ran an editorial headlined "40 years of no growth should be an alarm bell." While the specific reference was to Eastern Oregon, it’s true here too. A new report from United Way says 50% of Warrenton families and 45% of Astoria families are struggling to afford basic needs.
Developing large energy projects takes time, with lots of complexities. That’s true no matter how beneficial a project would be to its surrounding community. There are literally thousands of steps that have to be taken, meetings to be held, environmental impacts to mitigate, land use to be clarified, and many other factors. Oregon LNG has been patiently working through these steps for more than ten years, and will continue to do so. We know projects like this deliver decades of substantial value to businesses and communities. So it’s worth the effort.