Economic Justice Environment

Do it, Jeff

Seen on a wall in Seattle, a couple of blocks from Amazon.com’s headquarters. Indeed, as the richest man in the world — and as CEO of a company that paid 0 in federal taxes for two years in a row, despite earning billions in profit — Jeff Bezos has a particular obligation to pay back […]

Climate Change Conservativism Environment

Why Progressives are more pro-life than conservatives

The GOP’s environmental policies are likely to bring about a massive abortion of humanity. Denying medical care to people who can’t afford it shortens lives. War is abortion of born people. Lax gun control kills. Mistreatment of desperate asylum seekers is brutal.  Odd that conservative Christians support these and other GOP policies. Republicans say they […]

Climate Change Environment Health care

Time to escalate the war on cars: treat driving like smoking in restaurants

Here are some links about how harmful (fossil fuel-powered) auto and truck traffic is to human health.  They also are a major contributor to green-house gas emissions and a major reason the U.S. goes to war so often. CBS News reports: Nearly half of Americans breathe dirty air, report finds Many daycare centers and schools […]

Activism Climate Change Environment

People for Climate Action

Cities Climate Action Summit: We can do this! People for Climate Action’s “Cities Climate Action Summit: We can do this!” was held on November 17th in Kirkland. PCA is delighted that so many enthusiastic climate concerned members of our communities joined in the discussion on local climate action opportunities. We look forward to your engagement […]

Climate Change Environment

Top Eight Things You Can Do About Climate Change Right Now

Reposted from Valerie Tarico.com by Valerie Tarico While California was approaching tinderbox conditions that erupted into catastrophic fires, an oil industry coalition led by British Petroleum was spending $30 million to persuade Washington State voters that dirty fuel producers shouldn’t have to pay a dump fee on the carbon they dump into our air. As […]

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Fireplaces burning in the summer when it’s 90 degrees!

Yesterday in downtown Bellevue, I attended the Bellevue Arts Festival and popped into Lincoln Square South and other stores to cool off. I looked into the classy Hotel W and saw that they were running gas-powered fireplaces: This is despite the fact that it was about 90 degrees outside. I see other buildings in downtown […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Environment Progressives Race and Racism

Choose your battles wisely

I saw a facebook post that was encouraging overturning of I-200 (the voter-approved initiative which prohibits affirmative action and similar racial preferences). I support over-turning I-200 but that’s not my highest priority. My highest priorities are economic inequality and environmental justice. As I commented on the post, many people think the bill is of mixed […]

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I’m pro-life: in favor of Medicare for all, a healthy environment, and gun control

I’m pro-life for adults and for later-term fetuses, but I’m pro-choice for early-term fetuses.  However, it seems that many conservative Americans are pro-life only for fetuses but not so much for children and adults. Real pro-life includes everyone, not just fetuses. So, I’m in favor of government-guaranteed medical care for everyone.  And I’m in favor […]

Environment

Employers should stop subsidizing free parking by employees

The Bellevue Planning Commission has recently suggested encouraging employers to stop subsidizing free parking by employees.   The intention is to incentivize people to  use public transportation and other alternatives to commuting by car.   The benefits would be clear: less traffic congestion, less pollution, and a more pleasant environment. As expected, there’s a posting on nextdoor.com […]