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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Category Archives: Our Environment

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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Equity, climate justice, and public health go hand in hand, Netroots Nation panelists say

Excerpt: The world is grappling with a novel coronavirus pandemic while climate damage grows ever worse. Netroots Nation 2020 decided to explore how systemic inequality defines both fights.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Earth Day turns fifty as the world community grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic

Excerpt: Earth Day, one of our favorite days of activism, has turned fifty. Here are some great articles you can read and videos you can watch to commemorate the occasion.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Finally! Washington State House gives giant thumbs up to single use plastic bag ban

Excerpt: Legislation that would ban single use plastic bags at the statewide level is one step closer to becoming law thanks to a big vote today in the Washington State House of Representatives in support of Mona Das' ESSB 5323.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Three key NPI legislative priorities advance in Washington State House, all on the same day

Excerpt: Abolition of the death penalty, a statewide ban on plastic bags, and comprehensive sexual health education have each received an affirmative vote in their House committees of origin.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson steps up to defend access to reproductive health services

Excerpt: A stickler for the rule of law, Washington's chief law enforcement officer has repeatedly taken on the Trump regime... and won.
Written by:Richard McCartan
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More than two in three Washingtonians favor banning single use plastic bags, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: In a survey conducted last autumn by Public Policy Polling for NPI, voters enthusiastically endorsed Senator Mona Das' Senate Bill 5323, which would implement a statewide plastic bag ban, by a margin of more than two to one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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City of Everett approves resolution opposing Tim Eyman’s destructive I‑976

Excerpt: Washington's seventh largest city has taken a position opposing the measure, citing loss of funding for road maintenance work, light rail expansion, and law enforcement.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Sound Transit officially breaks ground on Lynnwood Link, delighting Snohomish County

Excerpt: At a ceremony at the Lynnwood Transit Center, the agency celebrated the long-anticipated milestone with a third of the state's congressional delegation plus state legislators, labor leaders, and construction workers.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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