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Category Archives: Our Environment

U.S. House passes sweeping wilderness protection bill that includes PNW’s Olympics

Excerpt: The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act designates approximately 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,200 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joe Biden and the Salish Sea: Will cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline mean Alberta’s bitumen crude oil is headed to our waters?

Excerpt: Progressives will need to back the forty-sixth president, but make sure he will have our backs when it comes to safeguarding shared waters of the Salish Sea.  Our worries should be heard and considered at the highest level.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The bonding of Washington State and British Columbia: Even with our border closed, we share a gorgeous corner of the world

Excerpt: While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic, neither the pandemic shutdown nor the 49th Parallel and Strait of Juan de Fuca have obstructed the bonding between Washington and British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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BNSF-operated train transporting Bakken crude oil derails in Whatcom County

Excerpt: There were no fatalities and no injuries were reported, though the derailment did result in an oil spill. Seven tank cars went off the tracks, with two catching fire, about twenty minutes before noon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Snoqulamie’s Middle Fork is Washington State’s latest conservation success story

Excerpt: Two decades ago, the river valley was rapidly becoming a mountain crime zone and trash dump. It has since been cleaned up and restored.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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As Biden’s Cabinet takes shape, progressive groups plan for a post-Trump future

Excerpt: President-elect Joe Biden has spent the weeks since the election assembling the team that he hopes to bring with him to Washington, D.C.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Washington’s upcoming conservation district elections sorely need progressive candidates

Excerpt: Dozens of publicly governed conservation districts will be holding elections for board supervisor positions this winter and spring. In this guest post, King Conservation District Supervisor Chris Porter explains why progressive activists and community leaders should step up, run, and win.
Written by:Chris Porter
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Senator Maria Cantwell: Defender of Bristol Bay salmon and wild places in America

Excerpt: For decades, Washington State's junior senator has been patiently and strategically fighting to protect America's wild places and fisheries. Those efforts have met with success even with Donald Trump in office.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The Biden-Harris administration takes shape with the announcement of key appointees

Excerpt: Joe Biden's picks indicate the direction that the President-Elect wants to take the country.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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A smokescreen and a big lie: Trump, climate deniers try to explain away our record fires

Excerpt: Climate fires are destroying property and taking lives in Washington, Oregon, and California, putting a face on the climate crisis. Right wing pundits have been reduced to lamely claiming there's no connection.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Fueled by hot and windy weather, fires rage out of control up and down the Left Coast

Excerpt: Firefighters report that they are stretched thin and simply don't have the humanpower or the resources to properly fight the destructive blazes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bob Ferguson, Maura Healey lead multi-state legal challenge to block Arctic Refuge drilling

Excerpt: A coalition of states from the Left Coast, Great Lakes region, and New England is going to court to stop the desecration of America's greatest wilderness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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DNR fire meteorologist horrified by barrage of (human caused) Labor Day 2020 fire disasters

Excerpt: By the time the sun had set on September 7th, 2020, the Pacific Northwest had joined California in firestorm misery, with hundreds of thousands of acres newly burnt or burning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Will 2020 be the year in which climate justice finally becomes a prevalent federal priority?

Excerpt: Always, always climate and environment get eclipsed as Election Day draws near. But even if our planet's fever doesn't get the attention it should, 2020 could still be a major turning point.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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