Sometimes those of us who are very deeply immersed in climate communications become so focused on crafting messages that effectively convey certain complex issues, ideas, and policy measures that we forget some of the most fundamental communications rules. Based on some simple yet powerful rules of thumb, Jeremy Porter, a super-smart freelance communications strategist, has summed up nicely—and Sightline’s Anna Fahey has distilled it into your new go-to one-pager for—how to talk about climate change so that people will care. Read more.
Sightline | Fossil fuels
Crosscut | Climate
The Oregonian | Climate
The Stranger | Transportation
KPLU | Salmon
The Seattle Times | Fossil fuels
The Seattle Times | Housing
Publicola | Housing
The Oregonian | Transportation
The Seattle Times | Transportation
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.
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 »
My inbox is always too full. Some of it is my fault (yes, I do want to hear more about kid-friendly restaurants in Portland, thank you Red Tricycle), and some of it is other people’s fault (Kristin Gilbert in Cincinnatti, please remind yourself of YOUR email address and stop signing MY address up for emails from wedding caterers and photographers). So I am delighted to have found a way to magically make the unwanted emails stop: unroll.me. … read more »
I’ve never seen anything like this: an academic study that assumes that a privately held power company will continuously violate state and federal environmental laws.
That’s just one of several surprising flaws in a recent paper by researchers from Duke University and the University of Calgary. The study purports to show that, under certain assumptions, exporting coal to Korea will reduce the amount of CO2 emitted per megawatt-hour of power produced globally. Yet the study is based on premises so absurd that they render … read more »