King County is laying the groundwork to solve its own transit funding problems in the event that the legislature fails to devise a “balanced” transportation package. Under its Plan B option, the county could avoid cataclysmic cuts in King County Metro bus service by creating a Transportation Benefit District and raising its own revenue. Read more.
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As a raft of oil-by-rail projects in the Northwest has gotten underway, I’ve been asked by any number of folks about the source of Washington’s oil. So as a reference point, here are three snapshots of the state’s oil flow, circa 2011. All of the charts below are taken directly from a report from the Washington Department of Ecology.
Here’s a map—click to enlarge it—of the routes taken by refined products in Washington.
As the Ecology report … read more »
You see that picture? That’s one whole year of my junk mail. Almost 33 pounds of it. A 20 inch stack of expensive, forest-destroying, unwanted trash.
And that’s nothing! I’m five years into a crusade to defend my little mailbox from paper spam. A typical Seattle household gets three times as much: 100 pounds a year. In 2009, when I last did a 365-day count, my stack was four inches taller and weighed in at 50 pounds. That was … read more »
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 rail crossings from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Cherry Point, Washington, along the main path the trains would take from the interior to the coast.
In this installment we examine communities in Snohomish County, Washington.
So massive are the fossil fuel industry’s plans that simple math … read more »
For your viewing pleasure, I give you two takes on how fossil fuel export plans could reshape life in the Northwest.
Number one, a forum on oil transport hosted by Washington Environmental Council. My act, which provides an abbreviated overview of the changing nature of oil in the Northwest, starts at about 6:10 here: