On May 13, the Washington State legislature started its thirty-day special session, an addition to the 105 day “regular” session that ended last month. Unable to pass a budget during the regular session, the legislators are back at it after taking a couple of weeks to meet with constituents in their home districts. Let’s take a look at some of the key budget issues that Climate Solutions is following:
Since the fight started brewing in the Northwest on coal exports, we have heard from many self-anointed "Very Serious People" who constantly tell us that our actions don’t matter.
New study undermines business case for coal exports.
Tom Steyer is a national advocate for investing in clean energy solutions to address climate change whose targeted investments are aimed squarely at the intersection of economic development and environmental protection. Steyer will keynote at Climate Solutions Annual Breakfast on 5/13 in Seattle
Recent developments make clear that Cloud Peak Energy is fully committed to coal exports from Washington terminals.
A new Sightline report details huge financial risks for Australian coal export startup
We aim to cross a new threshold, bringing a new level of urgency and imperative to the campaign. We’ll be demonstrating that solutions are not just practical and economical, but right and necessary.
In what has become an extremely volatile and declining industry, the evidence shows that coal is a poor foundation for job creation and coal company executives are not to be trusted.
A new expert report warns that the dramatic increases in coal train traffic from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal may severely damage property values along the proposed route.
The next time a traveling coal company salesman comes to your door asking you to “buy today, don’t delay”, ask for their credentials. These are huge projects, with gigantic impacts on our communities, our region and our globe
The success stories of the Recovery Act’s clean energy investment are visible across the country in numerous American cities.
Dear Mr. Rose, We wanted to thank you for recently visiting the Northwest. We’re sorry that we didn’t have a chance to chat about the subject that brought you to our region: coal export. Here's what we need most from you.
The Obama Administration brewed 'em up strong today, finalizing new passenger vehicle standards that will roughly double fuel economy by 2025, to 54.5 mpg.
The news reports over the weekend were full of thanks for the outpouring of support for the firefighting and relief effort and requests that people stop donating stuff. If only the community could come together around fighting the larger disaster of climate change.
Current rail line users, such as Pacific Northwest import and export container traffic and export grain traffic would be adversely impacted by the reduction of rail capacity with increased coal export. These important trade commodities will likely experience higher transit and cycle times as well as higher costs.
From policies to processing plants, feedstocks to federal investment, our new Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) effort aims to connect the dots, and develop a full Northwest aviation biofuels supply chain.
I feel like today’s rulings were a victory for my kids’ future. Thanks to the EPA for its important work and to the Court of Appeals for today’s dose of good news and hope.
The signs keep coming that markets are turning against coal. The Energy Information Administration reports that coal use, as a share of total US energy generation, fell to the lowest level since the 1970s.
I decided to look up from my spreadsheets on Monday and attend the Power Past Coal rally in downtown Portland. With my hippie, street vendor burrito in hand (filled with things that only rabbits should eat), I arrived to join a crowd of 600 folks in Pioneer Square.
There is no way around it; this legislative session was the hardest one I can remember. We won some very important victories, but there was too little progress on climate change and clean energy