Fossil Fuels

  Oct/Nov 2016

Letter From the Standing Rock Protectors

Hundreds of tribes from the United States and Canada are gathered along the Cannonball River next to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. They’ve come together to stand as one in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Carbon Tax Initiative On November Ballot

In the last year, Washington tate has been the center of many environmental efforts ­— from the governor’s Clean Power Plan to our county fighting to ban fossil fuel exports. Among these many battles against climate change has been a … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Locals Work to Make Public Aware of Major Carbon Tax Proposal

  Armed with clipboards, flyers and eye-catching bright green buttons, Rheanna Johnston and three other young volunteers spent a rainy Saturday, June 18, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors. They canvassed Bellingham to inform residents about I-732, a proposed initiative … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Spills and Chills in Print

Reviewed by Terry Wechsler Superspill An Account of the 1978 Grounding at Bird Rocks by Mary Kay Becker and Patricia Coburn Madrona Press, 1974 161 pages, paperback, $3.95 ISBN 10: 0914842021 ISBN-13: 978-0914842026 Bellingham’s Mary Kay Becker sits on the … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Coming Soon: The Frankenstein Zombie Terminal?

On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responded to the Lummi request of January 2015 that it deny federal permits for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) in accordance with the Treaty of Point Elliot of 1855. … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Gateway Pacific Coal Port Rejected — At Last

by Michael Riordan This article is an updated and expanded version of an article originally published in the online journal Orcas Issues. In the end, after five arduous years of coal and controversy, it all came down to fish. On … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Cherry Point is Far From Safe

by Fred Felleman The Salish Sea was just given a reprieve. We are indebted to the Lummi Nation for exercising their Treaty rights that resulted in the U.S. Army Corps protecting the Cherry Point Reach in their May 9 permit … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Whatcom County Hands Coal a Sack of No

Big Coal’s Gerrymandering Scheme Mostly Thwarted Election results are in for Whatcom County, Washington, where a proposal for a giant coal export terminal puts communities on the front lines of the fight against dirty energy. Thanks to a flood of … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks

Northwest Communities Have Won Key Battles Can They Win the War? “Everybody outside the Northwest thinks that’s where energy projects go to die.” 1 That’s the reputation our region has earned as an increasing number of proposed coal and oil export … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

No More Pipelines: At the Unist’ot’en Camp

Part 16 This is the sixteenth in a continuing series of articles that began with the January, 2014 issue of Whatcom Watch. The series addresses the impediments to democracy and well-being in American society – as well as ways like … Continue reading

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