What if Mother Nature Is on the Ballot in 2020?

NY Times Op-Ed by Thomas Friedman: Democrats could have a strong issue to run on if the extreme weather persists and President Trump continues to dismiss climate change. What if this time is different? There is an assumption that the 2020 presidential election will be business as usual: Donald Trump will […]

What Can I Do About Climate Change?

Here’s a great summary by Bill McKibben: Be a part of the movement. Please join me at the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice global day of action this September 8th. You can find an event near you at riseforclimate.org. People ask me all the time: ‘what can I do to fight climate change?’ And […]

Trump’s trade war poses threat to global support for Paris Agreement

The MacArthur Foundation’s weekly global climate news summary: The European Union and China have become the main bulwark against U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to erode the world’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, both appear to be shaken by Trump’s trade war, which could diminish their tenacity where the […]

Millenium Coal Terminal Appeal Denied

August 15, 2018 (Olympia, WA)—Today, the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) affirmed the Department of Ecology’s denial of a necessary water quality permit for Millennium, a coal company whose proposed coal shipping terminal on the Columbia River has already met several permitting roadblocks. In 2017, Ecology denied Millennium’s […]

Climate concerns spur paradigm shifts, even if they’re little and late

Paradigms continue to shift in response to climate change, even if they aren’t doing so fast enough or at sufficient scale to prevent climatic upheaval. Still, a global transformation appears to be inexorably inching forward, as evidenced by this week’s news. This post is a compendium of weekly national and […]

Portland Clean Energy Fund doubles signatures needed for November ballot

The Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign called supporters to the City Hall courtyard onJuly 5 to announce its submission of 60,000 initiative petition signatures, which should be enough to easily qualify the measure for the November ballot. Campaign organizer and Verde Executive Director Tony DeFalco said supporters are going to […]

NYT: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Climate change can be overwhelming. The science is complex, and when it comes to future impacts, there are still a lot of unknowns. While real solutions will require action on a global scale, there are choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the […]

New Report on Energy Storage Explains Opportunities and Challenges

A new report from the Clean Energy Group is a great primer on how activists and foundations can champion battery storage to recharge the Clean Energy Transition. It discusses a top-ten list of reasons to champion battery storage, and also puts the rapidly evolving battery markets in perspective with solar, […]

Massachusetts court rules in favor of attorney general in Exxon climate change case

ExxonMobil Corp. lost its bid to block Massachusetts’ attorney general from obtaining records to look into whether the company concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play with climate change. In its decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that state Attorney General Maura […]

The EPA scandal that could kill 100,000 Americans

The media’s endless coverage of the many ethics scandals facing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt distracts from his real crimes: Pruitt’s policies will put up to 100,000 lives at risk in the United States, make millions of children sick, and destroy a livable climate. So if he does […]


Energy Council Joins Washington’s Attorney General, City of Vancouver, Tribal Nations, and Hundreds of Thousands of Washingtonians in Opposing Largest Oil Train Terminal in U.S. November 28, 2017 (Olympia, WA) – Today the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in […]

Don Orange wins Port of Vancouver Election but needs $ help with legal bills

Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver commissioner. On November 7th  Orange won 64.58 percent of the vote, beating candidate Kris Greene. Orange’s victory is likely a death knell for a massive oil terminal that’s been proposed at the port for years. Orange got the best attorney he could […]

The Latest on Electric Cars

Here are some good resources to stay current on electric vehicle (EV) news: Wondering about the latest EV models? Green Car Reports is a website devoted to EV news. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is a global financial player that updates its own EV forecasts and tracks others. Regional EV advocate Forth […]

Here’s how far the world is from meeting its climate goals

On Nov. 6, 2017 the New York Times reported: Two years after countries signed a landmark climate agreement in Paris, the world remains far off course from preventing drastic global warming in the decades ahead. On Monday, the latest round of post-Paris international climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, to […]

What you can do to stop the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver

The planned Tesoro-Savage (aka Vancouver Energy) oil terminal could be killed by electing a second anti-oil port commissioner. Don Orange is running to oppose the terminal. Here are four ways to help stop the oil terminal: Doorknocking in Vancouver Donating Using the Next Door platform Writing a Letter to the […]

With Extreme Heat and Dryness Fueling Wildfires, Firefighting Costs Top $2 Billion

Extreme condition like we’ve seen in the West become more likely as global temperatures rise with climate change, scientists say. Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West in early September, fueled by scorching temperatures that broke heat and fire records across the region. […]

Impressive list of victories by the fossil fuel resistance in the Northwest

Lest you wonder whether your activism is making a difference… Don Steinke has compiled this list of victories by Power Past Coal, Stand Up to Oil, and others: 1.   Boardman OR Coal Power – agreements to close in 2020, signed ~2009 2.       Kalama Coal Proposal – abandoned ~ 2009 3.       […]

Stop Rep. Walden’s Plan to Clear-Cut the Gorge

Send a letter to your members of Congress today and a copy to the Governor! With the Eagle Creek fire still burning in the Columbia Gorge, Congressman Greg Walden has already introduced legislation (HR 3715) that would require commercial logging in areas impacted by the Eagle Creek fire within the […]

California’s Plan for 100% Renewables Falls Flat in the 11th Hour

California’s pitch for 100 percent renewable energy is dead — for now. If we’ve learned anything this summer, it’s that 100 percent renewables is easier said than done. by Emma Foehringer Merchant September 15, 2017 in Green Tech Media In the last week of its legislative session, California bills that […]

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry

Sale of oil assets is fueling Denmark’s green transition. In another sign that the petroleum era is drawing to a close, Denmark is selling off its last oil company with barely a peep. Once considered a strategic asset, on a par with national carriers or shipyards, the oil and gas […]

A Carbon-Free City Is Being Built from Scratch

The Colorado city will rely on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery, and energy efficiency schemes. DENVER — Can a city built from scratch be profitable to developers and enjoyable to residents as it tries to be carbon-free? That is the question facing owners and planners of a mostly vacant, […]

The Uninhabitable Earth–and debates

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think. To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than […]