Coal Trains Environment

Video: How Oil Trains Put the Northwest At Risk

This post is 17 in the series: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails Why should the Northwest worry about the oil-by-rail projects that are cropping up around the Northwest? In three-and-a-half minutes, here’s your answer: This is a beautiful piece of work (and I’m not just saying that because I’m featured in it). Big thanks to […]

Corporations Economic Justice Taxation Washington State Politics

What Big Oil’s Tax Break Costs Our Classrooms

         This post is 8 in the series: Big Oil’s Accidental Tax Loophole Big Oil companies in Washington get $41 million from an accidental tax loophole that was never designed to benefit them. It’s enough to make the tangible investments in public education that our teachers and students so desperately need. To […]

Environment Majority Coalition (state Senate) Transportation Washington State Politics

We Don’t Need a $12B Transportation Package

by Jennifer Langston King County should save Metro on its own. Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives—a body that has shut down the government over health care reform, taken a hatchet to food stamps, opposed regulating greenhouse gases, and held immigration legislation hostage—still managed to support a federal transportation bill that devoted roughly 20 […]

Carbon TAx Economics

The Truth About Carbon Pricing

Mirror images: carbon taxes and cap-and-trade. Eric de Place and Yoram Bauman on October 23, 2013 at 8:00 am These are exciting times for carbon pricing in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW), state leaders are, right now, engaged in the first serious look at the subject […]

Coal Trains Politics Washington State Politics

How Coal and Oil Trains Will Block Traffic Along the Columbia River

Trains will divide towns from the river for hours each day. by Eric de Place and John Abbotts from Sightline Oil and coal companies hope to dispatch scores of trains across the Northwest each day, bearing fuel to refineries and port terminals. To help the public understand the magnitude of these schemes, Sightline is highlighting key […]

Environment Health care

Shoot Your Shampoo

What toxics and harmful chemicals lurk on our bathroom shelves? by Anna Fahey on September 13, 2013 at 10:55 am I know I’m late to this party (like, by many years). But, I’m done with my brand name shampoo. My colleagues and I have thought a lot over the years about toxics and how to […]

Coal Trains Environment

The Coal Export Bubble

Coal’s price collapse spells trouble for terminals’ investors. Clark Williams-Derry This post is part of the research project: Northwest Coal Exports There’s been so much news on the coal export front of late—the massive scope of the proposed Gateway-Pacific terminal’s Environmental Impact Statement; the Lummi Nation’s unequivocal opposition to a coal terminal at Cherry Point; […]

Coal Trains

Scope of Gateway Pacific Analysis is Bad News for Coal Industry

Government will review congestion and greenhouse gases. Eric de Place and Clark Williams-Derry on July 31, 2013 at 11:23 am. Hot off the presses: the three “co-lead” agencies in charge of reviewing the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington have published the scope of their review. The major takeaway is that […]

Rodney Tom Transportation Washington State Politics

King County Bus Riders, Brace Yourselves

By Jennifer Langston What will losing 17 percent of transit service feel like? Oran Viriyincy, flickr In blocking a vote on a transportation package before the Washington State Legislature adjourned this weekend, Senate Republicans led by Rodney Tom utterly failed anyone who rides the bus—or drives through or around—King County. There was plenty not to […]