Climate

  June 2024

Biden Administration to End Coal Leasing in Powder River Basin

The Bureau of Land Management released a final environmental impact statement for two Powder River Basin resource management plans, finding that there would be significant impacts to our climate, human health, and the environment from continuing to lease the region’s … Continue reading

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  January 2024

Lummi Nation Opposes Sale of Cherry Point Site to British Petroleum

The Lummi Nation opposes an attempted purchase of the site, known by Lummi people since time immemorial as Xwe’chi’eXen. BP’s interest in purchasing the site came as a surprise when the oil company presented it to Lummi for the first … Continue reading

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  February 2022

New Bill Would Hold Big Oil Accountable

by Laura Feinstein HB 1691 protects taxpayers from the cleanup costs that should be the responsibility of the oil industry. Takeaways • “Self-insurance” has proved an insufficient financial protection for communities against oil spills, explosions, and leaks. • Washington communities too often … Continue reading

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  February 2022

Refinery Communities Deserve a Transition Plan

by Zane Gustafson The long-term stability of Washington’s five oil refineries is in doubt. But that doesn’t mean the workers and local communities who support this industry have to share its fate. If local leaders start planning now, communities like … Continue reading

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  January 2022

Danger: Marine Vessels That Serve Refineries

Every transportation method carries the risk of environmentally catastrophic oil spills. by Eric de Place and Zane Gustafson Northwest refineries receive crude oil — the raw material they use to manufacture consumer fuels — via three modes of transportation: pipeline, … Continue reading

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  April 2021

What the Frack?

by Hailee Wickersham Every day the push for concrete climate action seems to knock at the door, waiting for it to be opened and allowed a seat at the table. In 2008, when Pew Research asked U.S. adults what the … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Celebrates 30 Years

by Jacob Pederson It’s 1988. A barge called Nestucca battles the stormy Pacific as it leaves Grey’s Harbor. A rescue tug comes to its aid. A faulty towline snaps and the tug tears a gash in Nestucca’s bow, releasing its … Continue reading

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  May 2018

Kinder Morgan Suspends Nonessential Spending

This article originally appeared on the Sightline Institute website sightline.org and is reprinted with permission. It’s a High-stakes Showdown of Cinematic Proportions In a surprise Sunday afternoon [April 8] announcement, the company backing a huge oil pipeline proposal in British … Continue reading

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  March 2018

Another Disappointing Year For King Coal

by Clark Williams-Derry This article is reprinted with permission from Sightline. A few silver linings, but mostly dark clouds for the coal industry. Despite the Trump administration’s promise of a coal industry rebound, data from the US Energy Information Administration  show … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Letter From the Standing Rock Protectors

by Karin Kraft and Aleta DeBee 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 … Continue reading

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