In the wake of a series of oil train explosions, the oil industry recently tried to convince a Senate committee that it was committed to oil train safety. But their numbers show that they have absolutely no intention of removing unsafe oil trains from service. Sightline’s oil train guru Eric de Place exposes the soundbites and untangles the math.
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My kid is a rule follower. She would rather cut off her leg than be in trouble, wants stories told precisely the same way every time, lives to enforce playground rules, and for most of her toddler years wanted to grow up to be a crossing guard.
This bugs a person like me. I worry that I’m not providing opportunities to test boundaries, develop independence, be resourceful, strike out on adventures, make questionable choices, and have the run of our neighborhood. But as a parent raising a five-year-old in a fairly urban environment, I first really need her to stop forgetting to look for cars.
In the meantime, our default is to head to one of the Northwest’s great public parks, beaches, or playgrounds. Yet my worst fears about her stunted opportunities for play were recently reinforced in this stunning accounting of things that are technically illegal for kids to do there.
Like climbing trees, catching frogs, erecting a fort, turning sticks into light sabers, digging a hole, throwing rotten apples, or making a daisy chain. read more »
The time is ripe for divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Although we usually think about divestment as reallocating long-term financial holdings, it can take a much more direct form. If your business or organization objects to the outrageous harm caused by coal, you can vote with your pocketbook: you can choose not to do business with coal agents in the Northwest.
A better way to measure inequality: focus on the 1 percenters.
“It’s time to step up to the plate,” are the final words of this promising trailer for a documentary on people taking action against climate change.
RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of the best opening line of a novel ever.
The Pollution Control Hearings Board—the legal body presiding over state environmental regulations—has upheld the stormwater permits governing Western Washington cities and counties. The decision was issued this spring by the three-person board after permittees challenged the rules.
The state Department of Ecology in August last year approved the municipal stormwater permits, which aim to clean up and control polluted runoff that fouls Puget Sound and local lakes, rivers, and streams.
The permits require cities and counties to update their … read more »