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Category Archives: Our Environment

Cascadia needs climate action: Mother Nature is not giving the Pacific Northwest a bye, and activism is not something we can mail in

Excerpt: We are living in a climate emergency. Grassroots activism is crucial to addressing that emergency. It must continue, and it must expand. But it also must be supported in our nation's capital with serious climate action.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Supreme Court tosses Montana, Wyoming lawsuit that demanded dirty coal exports

Excerpt: The Court's decision means that lawyers for two Republican-controlled, pro-coal state governments will not get the opportunity to further plead their case to the six member right wing majority of justices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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“Unprecedented” heat wave arrives in the Pacific Northwest… and it’s not even July

Excerpt: This weekend, temperatures across the Pacific Northwest will ratchet up into the triple digits, bringing heat that is simply unprecedented for this time of year to pretty much every corner of the region.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Deb Haaland recommends that Joe Biden restore national monuments gutted by Trump

Excerpt: The Interior Secretary is making a cultural and conservation case to President Biden: Restore national monuments in Utah and New England that were brutally and unilaterally cut by the Trump regime.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Biden reverses Trump again: Old growth trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest slated to be reprotected under Roadless Rule

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will “repeal or replace” a decision that removed the Tongass from a Clinton-era Roadless Rule that had protected more than nine million acres of the 16.9 million-acre national forest.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The fight over Keystone XL is over: In a big win for our Earth, the pipeline won’t be built

Excerpt: Keystone XL represented an effort by extremely powerful, polluting interests to keep the United States and Canada wedded to fossil fuels, while increasing the profits of billionaires like the Koch brothers, who are already very wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biden administration halts scheme to drill in Arctic Refuge while backing ConocoPhillips’ planned expansion on Alaska’s North Slope

Excerpt: One of America's greatest treasures appears to have won an eleventh hour reprieve from being despoiled by oil driving. But a large nearby oil drilling project continues to enjoy the support of the federal government.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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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.
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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:Andrew Villeneuve
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