NPI's Cascadia Advocate

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

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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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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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Bernie Sanders unveils bold plan for securing climate justice in the 2020s and beyond

Excerpt: Vermont's junior United States Senator is thinking big about what we need to do to bring emissions under control and save the Earth, our common home.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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King County Parks For All levy will pass; park improvements to continue over next six years

Excerpt: King County's Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Spaces Levy is passing overwhelmingly. Funding will increase trail connectivity, trailhead parking, and community outreach.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Book Review: We can still make “A Bright Future” with nuclear energy

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of A Bright Future, a book that discusses how some countries have tackled the climate crisis and how the rest could follow.
Written by:David A Johnson
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VICTORY! Cap and invest bill clears Oregon State House of Representatives

Excerpt: By a vote of thirty-six to twenty-four, lawmakers in Oregon's more populous legislative chamber advanced House Bill 2020, a landmark climate justice bill.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SIFF Documentary Review: Reconnect to the effort to save Alaska’s salmon with The Wild

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Wild, a new film by Mark Titus that examines the renewed campaign to stop the proposed Pebble Mine from inflicting massive damage on Alaska's Bristol Bay.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Oregon poised to enact groundbreaking “cap and invest” legislation with HB 2020

Excerpt: It's time to accelerate the clean energy revolution in the Pacific Northwest! Let's get HB 2020 passed and to the desk of Governor Kate Brown to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senators call on NBC to make climate justice the focus of the first presidential debate

Excerpt: Three Democratic senators have released a letter calling on NBC News to make climate justice the focus of the first presidential primary debate.  
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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