Environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan discusses the challenges of protecting Puget Sound and all things water-related. Puget Sound Partnership has honed its high-level game plan for restoring the Puget Sound ecosystem, including a sharp focus on 10 “vital signs” of ecological health. The newly released draft of the Puget Sound Action Agenda has endorsed more than…

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Karen and I bought a new Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) a month ago.  We just passed the 1,000 mile mark. A few thoughts on this are worth sharing. First and foremost, the 26 miles of electric range has proven to be all we need for around-town driving.  And, if we run around…

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Thanks to a dedicated group of petitioners, Washington voters will have the opportunity to vote for a $15-per-ton carbon tax on the November 2018 ballot. This fee would be implemented in January of  2020, and will increase by $2 annually until the state meets its 2035 emissions goals of achieving a 20 million metric tons…

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The first episode of Change the Climate is now online, and features an interview with Tom Crawford, President of the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT). Tom gives a brief history of TCAT, and talks about TCAT’s latest project: a Coordination Grant to work with organizations in Thurston County that are taking action on climate change. This…

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Published 5/7/2018 Details Media Contact: (360) 664-1116 or media@utc.wa.gov Docket Numbers: UE-160353, UE-161036, UE-160918, and UG-160919 Energy regulators want closer look at utilities’ coal plant costs OLYMPIA, Wash. – After months of review and public comment hearings, state regulators today formally acknowledged the updated 20-year energy resource plans for Washington’s three investor-owned electric utilities, but…

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Hobe Williams is a Field Organizer for the Yes on I-1631 Campaign for our area (Hobe@yeson1631.com). The campaign is collecting signatures right now to get an initiative on the November ballot that would hold big corporate polluters accountable for the pollution they release in Washington State, while supporting clean energy, the environment, and protecting jobs.…

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By Sam Merrill, Black Hills Audubon RES-Americas proposes to install 38 wind energy turbines on ridge tops in northern Lewis County, with part of the infrastructure in Thurston County.  Like National Audubon, Black Hills Audubon supports wind energy because it addresses climate change, which helps birds and other wildlife as well as people, as long…

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Our September 14th forum at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe will be an opportunity to question candidates about their position on climate change and plans to deal with it. So far we have the following commitments: Port of Olympia: Bill Fishburn, Gigi McClure, Bill McGregor, E.J.Zita Olympia: Max Brown, Jim Cooper, Clark Gilman, Allen Miller, Lisa…

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Folks, when you see headlines that claim scientists got climate change wrong, it’s likely because they overestimated the time it would take. This story is worth reading. 

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