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Category Archives: Our Environment

U.S., Canadian officials act to rescue rainforests in Alaska and British Columbia

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially reinstated the Clinton-era National Roadless Rule in Southeast Alaska’s vast seventeen million-acre Tongass National Forest. On the other side of the border, British Columbia’s Premier David Eby announced protection of 75,000 hectares of the Incomappleux Valley.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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House Republicans vow to “unleash American energy” as big oil pipeline spill hits Kansas

Excerpt: The pipeline, owned by TC Energy, carries up to 600,000 barrels a day of heavy oil from the tar stands of northern Alberta to Cumberland, Oklahoma. This isn't the first time it has ruptured.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Net pen aquaculture in Washington’s waters must end, Commissioner Hilary Franz orders

Excerpt: "We, as a state, are going to do better by our salmon, by our fishermen, and by our tribes," said Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands. "Commercial finfish farming is detrimental to salmon, orcas and marine habitat."
Written by:Diane Jones
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Logging of British Columbia’s old growth forests has declined, but critics say provincial government is still allowing harmful clearcuts

Excerpt: British Columbia’s government proudly announced this week that logging of old-growth forests in the province, once nicknamed “Brazil of the north” for its vast clearcuts, has declined to a record low in the past six years. Not low enough, critics responded.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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King County conservation futures levy is receiving solid support, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: In the aggregate, 57% of voters surveyed this week for NPI by Change Research said they had voted for King County Proposition 1 or would be doing so, while 27% said they had voted no or would be doing so. The levy appears headed for passage.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Vice President Kamala Harris promotes clean school bus grant program in Seattle visit

Excerpt: Five school districts in Washington State will join 384 others in receiving funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to buy new electric school buses, the Biden-Harris administration announced during a special event held at Lumen Field.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific Northwest grapples with an increasing number of wildfires as summer’s end nears

Excerpt: The skies above many areas of the Pacific Northwest grew smokier Saturday as the number of wildfires plaguing the region increased in number and severity, leading to a fresh round of highway closures and property evacuations with only days left until the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans reaffirm their tight embrace of fossil fuels during a sweltering summer

Excerpt: The summer of 2022 has seen a disconnect between Republican politicians of the South, Midwest and Mountain West, and the sweltering, drought-stricken states they represent in Washington, D.C.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking youth activism, plants with Brian Wingbermuehle

Excerpt: In this seventh installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with Brian Wingbermuehle, the youngest Democratic committee member for St. Louis County, about the challenges facing young progressive activists and protecting plants from climate damage.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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“For the benefit and enjoyment of all of the people”: Denali-inspired reflections on the necessity of conservation’s future in Alaska

Excerpt: National parks, once derided by interests bent on resource extraction, have been a huge blessing for Alaska, supporting a robust tourism sector and ensuring that wild places like Denali remain as unspoiled and breathtaking as they were in bygone eras. Yet more areas of The Last Frontier still await protection from development.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Inflation Reduction Act passes the U.S. House, heads to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: The historic climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act is one of the most consequential environmental bills ever enacted by Congress. It now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle, TreePAC prevail over Master Builders in tree protection ordinance legal skirmish

Excerpt: Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil rejected a challenge brought by the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties to the city's determination that an update of its tree protection ordinance would not have would not have probable significant adverse impacts on the environment.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A win for America! U.S. Senate passes climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act

Excerpt: "Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share," said President Joe Biden in a special statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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