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Tag Archives: Pollution

Governor Jay Inslee unveils new salmon protection and recovery plan for 2022 session

Excerpt: “We are on a mission. Protecting and restoring our salmon is personal to me — it’s a legacy left to us by previous generations and we should do the same for our grandchildren,” Inslee said from underneath a large Swinomish Cedar Hat.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New rules to bar oil/gas drilling in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Excerpt: Situated in the remote Four Corners area in New Mexico and reached by a rough road, Chaco Culture contains remains of stone buildings and Great Houses that were once among the largest structures in North America.
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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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Excerpt: The ruling nixes the development permits approved by the Trump regime, which were not withdrawn by the Biden-Harris administration, stopping the drilling scheme from moving forward for at least the time being.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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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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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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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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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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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:Andrew Villeneuve
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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:Andrew Villeneuve
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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:Andrew Villeneuve
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