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Tag Archives: Climate Crisis

Pacific Northwest grapples with an increasing number of wildfires as summer’s end nears

Excerpt: The skies above many areas of the Pacific Northwest grew smokier Saturday as the number of wildfires plaguing the region increased in number and severity, leading to a fresh round of highway closures and property evacuations with only days left until the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans reaffirm their tight embrace of fossil fuels during a sweltering summer

Excerpt: The summer of 2022 has seen a disconnect between Republican politicians of the South, Midwest and Mountain West, and the sweltering, drought-stricken states they represent in Washington, D.C.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Inflation Reduction Act passes the U.S. House, heads to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: The historic climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act is one of the most consequential environmental bills ever enacted by Congress. It now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle, TreePAC prevail over Master Builders in tree protection ordinance legal skirmish

Excerpt: Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil rejected a challenge brought by the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties to the city's determination that an update of its tree protection ordinance would not have would not have probable significant adverse impacts on the environment.
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A win for America! U.S. Senate passes climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act

Excerpt: "Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share," said President Joe Biden in a special statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marko Liias chosen to chair the Washington State Senate’s Transportation Committee

Excerpt: “As we face dramatic changes to transportation revenue and mobility options, this is our moment to write a visionary, equitable, climate-focused transportation package that invests in our shared priorities while respecting our real and unique local needs," Liias said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House of Representatives approves historic Build Back Better Act, sending it to the Senate

Excerpt: At 6:44 AM Pacific on November 19th, 2021, by a vote of 220-213, the House adopted H.R. 5376, known as the Build Back Better Act, after Biden's campaign slogan, with all but one Democrat in favor and all Republicans opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PNWcurrents Episode V is live: This month, we discuss the impacts of climate damage

Excerpt: Read the release announcement for the fifth episode of PNWcurrents, NPI's uniquely regional podcast. This episode features climatologists Karin Bumbaco of Washington, Larry W. O'Neill of Oregon, and Jeffrey Hicke of Idaho, who joined NPI's Caya Berndt to discuss the impacts of climate damage on the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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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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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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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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