Weekend Reading 9/19/14

PARK(ing) day is here!; Worldwide border abolishment; and more.
Original illustration by Nina Montenegro of ghosttide.com.


Don’t forget to visit your city’s PARK(ing) Day installations TODAY! (I’m dying to stop by Seattle Met‘s SwaPark.) Here are listings for Seattle, but I’m having trouble finding them for Portland, Vancouver, Eugene, Spokane, Olympia, Salem, Burnaby… others? If you have links, share ‘em! Better yet, if you visit one today, snap a photo and send it to me!


Three think pieces this week:

Should we aim to open all borders, worldwide? “Allowing free  …  read more »

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A Month of Disappointments for Coal Exporters

The bad news for the coal industry keeps rolling in.

It’s been a tumultuous month for proponents of massive coal export terminals in BC, Washington, and Oregon. In fact, there’s been so much news that it’s been hard to keep track of it all.

So here’s a synopsis of the month’s biggest stories:

  • Oregon’s denial of the Morrow Pacific coal export project has sent would-be coal exporters into a panic.

On August 18 Oregon denied a key permit for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific export terminal on the Columbia River. Ambre appealed the decision …  read more »


How State Public Money Pays for Coal Exports and Oil Trains

Tracking public fund investments in fossil fuel projects.

Communities across Oregon and Washington are growing increasingly agitated about the risks of fossil fuel export. Proposed coal terminals generated unprecedented opposition from local residents and, more recently, dramatic increases in oil train traffic have many questioning the grave safety risks associated with a cargo so prone to explode. Yet at the very same time, the state governments of both Oregon and Washington are bankrolling coal, oil, and gas infrastructure.

In some cases, the subsidies and expenditures are known  …  read more »


Have You Signed?

Countering Big Money in citizens’ initiative signature drives by targeting fraud.

You know the drill. To get into the Safeway, you’re going to have to walk past the man with the clipboards. “Are you a registered voter?” he is asking you already, when you’re still 10 feet away. “Have you signed for…?” Whatever the pitch, it’s hard to decline, because he looked you in the eye and asked politely. It’s a small request. He’ll be here on the way out, too.

Who are these people? They’re paid signature gatherers. They travel  …  read more »

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Weekend Reading 9/12/14

#WhyIStayed; This is your region on coal exports; The marriage bonus; and more.

Disputing a Study on Coal Exports and Climate

A poorly designed study assumes that breaking the law is "business as usual."

Climate Change in Plain Language

Your new go-to one-pager on talking climate like a pro.

Canada vs. the USA on Oil Train Standards

Who is number one?

Five Keystone XLs: The Carbon in Northwest Fossil Fuel Export Plans

A new Sightline report tallies the emissions in coal, oil, and gas projects.

“If We Cannot Escape, Neither Will the Coal”

Northwest Tribes and First Nations block fossil fuel exports.