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Category Archives: Our Environment

Biden-Harris administration restores Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments in Utah, which were gutted by Donald Trump

Excerpt: The monuments in Utah are a longstanding cause of environmentalists and rock climbers. They are also lands particularly cherished by Native Americans for their petroglyphs, pictographs, cultural sites, dwellings and sites used for traditional tribal rituals.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Netroots Nation 2021 welcomes Tlaib, Barnes, Neguse, Granholm, McCarthy at first plenary

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the opening plenary session at Netroots Nation 2021, which featured Rashida Tlaib, Mandela Barnes, Joe Neguse, Jennifer Granholm, Gina McCarthy, and several other speakers.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Seattle voters overwhelmingly favor policies to protect and expand the city’s tree canopy

Excerpt: In July of 2021, we teamed up with TreePAC to investigate support for a a range of sensible ideas for creating policy tools to protect trees. Majorities of over 75% and 80% endorsed every single one of our ideas.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Joe Biden touches down in Boise; visits National Interagency Fire Center

Excerpt: Today, Joe Biden made his first official visit to Cascadia as President of the United States of America, landing in Boise, Idaho to visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which is located adjacent to Boise Air Teminal/Gowen Field. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific Northwesterner chosen to lead the National Park Service by President Joe Biden

Excerpt: Charles "Chuck" Sams, of Oregon, will be first Native American to head the National Park Service if the United States Senate concurs. He has lived the history of one park unit.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Big climate win! ConocoPhillips’ “Willow” Arctic oil drilling scheme stopped by judge

Excerpt: The ruling nixes the development permits approved by the Trump regime, which were not withdrawn by the Biden-Harris administration, stopping the drilling scheme from moving forward for at least the time being.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tom Campion is a donor with a cause who once hosted President Obama at his home. This week, he got to introduce Joe Biden.

Excerpt: On Monday, the Democratic Party hosted an electronic fundraiser. Zumiez CEO Tom Campion, who has helped the party raise money for years, and whose philanthropy has helped defend the Arctic Refuge against drilling, had the honor of introducing President Joe Biden.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Bipartisan infrastructure bill advances in U.S. Senate, but still faces hurdles to passage

Excerpt: The compromise legislation, which has the support of the White House, is being hailed by the Biden-Harris administration as a groundbreaking set of investments in everything from bridges and broadband to mass transit and water pipes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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.
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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.
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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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