Clean-energy economy and climate change in the news.
Kinder Morgan drops plans for coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens
May 08, 2013The Oregonian
- Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.
Seattle plan would make city carbon neutral by 2050
May 06, 2013The Seattle Times
- Seattle officials unveil a 37-year climate action plan for the city.
Biojet fuel now eligible for renewable (RINs) credits
May 06, 2013Platts
- Aviation biofuel's newly minted ability to generate tradable US renewables credits, known as RINs, may be key to the industry's economics, according to market watchers. "The availability of RINs is a critical bridge to commercial viability," Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for US airline trade group Airlines for America, said in a recent interview. "It means there is an economic value assigned to the renewable content in jet fuel that can help the producer of that fuel get closer to the price of traditional jet fuel," Young said. Biofuels have yet to take flight in the aviation industry, as airlines and biorefiners have still to develop the economies of scale and technological prowess to make drop-in fuels cost-competitive with conventional jet fuel.
Obama might actually be the environmental president
May 06, 2013New York Magazine
- His climate-change policy has been an abject failure, says Al Gore and just about everyone else. They’re wrong. Here’s why.
Oregon businesses flexing their muscles on climate change
May 06, 2013Sustainable Business Oregon
- Chin up, Rip City, we’ve got some good news for you. Though the Portland Trail Blazers missed the playoffs this year, they’ve given us something to cheer about by providing leadership off the court on an issue that affects us all: global warming.
GM adds its muscle to BICEP’s climate change message
May 02, 2013Triple Pundit
- GM has just signed on to the Climate Declaration, joining forces with 40 other U.S. companies to make the case that swift, aggressive climate action represents an almost unprecedented opportunity for economic development. The alliance is particularly notable for GM, which barely more than ten years ago was busily pounding the final nail into the coffin of EV1, its short-lived electric vehicle (EV) venture.
CO2 in atmosphere poised to blow past 400 ppm mark
Apr 30, 2013
- Sometime soon, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is expected to hit a scary new milestone: 400 parts per million. That would be higher than at any time in human history — and it’s bad news for anyone who cares about a livable climate.
A city that turns garbage into energy copes with a shortage
Apr 29, 2013New York Times
- OSLO — This is a city that imports garbage. Some comes from England, some from Ireland. Some is from neighboring Sweden. It even has designs on the American market.
Cellulosic ethanol refinery coming to Moses Lake
Apr 29, 2013Ethanol Producer Magazine
- Advanced Biofuels Corp. has bought a legacy 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Moses Lake, Wash., with plans to retrofit existing systems and install new pretreatment process equipment, converting the facility into a 6 MMgy advanced ethanol facility. Rhys Dale, vice president and director of development for process providers Bio-Process Innovation Inc., says the company expects to produce 5 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol from wheat straw and an additional 1 MMgy from waste alcohol.
Solar jobs beat out ranchers in Texas, actors in California, and coal miners nationally
Apr 28, 2013Climate Progress
- California, the state that the Hollywood film industry calls home, can boast 43,700 paying jobs in the solar industry in 2012, versus only 32,300 paid actors. Texas clocked in with 3,200 solar jobs, in comparison to the state’s 270 to 2,410 ranchers. And across the entire nation, 119,000 Americans were employed by the solar industry in 2012, versus only 87,500 by the coal mining industry.
DOE funding advanced biofuels in Ferndale, WA
Apr 22, 2013EERE News
- As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced nearly $18 million in four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa, and Washington that will test renewable biofuels as a domestic alternative to power our cars, trucks, and planes that meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel. These projects build on the Obama Administration's broader efforts to advance biofuels technologies to continue to bring down costs, improve performance, and identify effective, non-food feedstocks and processing techniques.
Wash. state Gov. Inslee signs climate change bill into law
Apr 02, 2013The Seattle Times
- The governor has championed the issue of climate change as a key concern. He appeared before committees in the House and Senate to urge the bill's passage, saying that climate change threatens industries in the state and Washington is poised to take a lead in fighting global warming.
CA mayor leads city to first-ever solar energy mandate
Mar 28, 2013ThinkProgress
- The City Council of Lancaster, California approved a mandate that most new homes must produce solar energy. This is the first such mandate in the nation.
Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds
Mar 28, 2013LA Times
- Nearly three-fourths of respondents agree that rising sea level resulting from climate change is a threat to the U.S., and 82% believe we should prepare for the effects
Cape Wind wins billions in backing, launches offshore wind in the U.S.
Mar 27, 2013Grist.org
- The offshore winds in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, which blow not far from major urban centers, create the perfect conditions for more wind development.
Govs to feds: Clear the air before exporting coal
Mar 25, 2013Seattle P-I
- Should the United States stoke use of a fuel that imposes public health costs, creates ocean acidification and rising sea levels, stokes wildfires, and shrinks snow packs “that are key sources of water for the Western U.S.?
Solar power likely be the second-largest source added to the U.S. electric grid in 2013
Mar 24, 2013ThinkProgress
- Solar power is on the rise, even as the growth rate of U.S. electricity consumption has been slowing. This year, energy generated from solar power will be the second-largest source added to the U.S. electric grid.
Life after fossil fuels
Mar 23, 2013The New York Times
- As renewable energy gets cheaper and machines and buildings become more energy efficient, a number of countries that two decades ago ran on a fuel mix much like America’s are successfully dialing down their fossil fuel habits.
Solar power soars in United States
Mar 14, 2013
- The United States added a staggering 3.3 gigawatts of solar power capacity in 2012, according to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The industry estimates it now employs 119,000 people in the United States
NRDC publishes inaugural Aviation Biofuel Sustainability Survey
Mar 14, 2013Natural Resources Defense Council
- The aviation industry has a responsibility to use biofuels that are certified as sustainable because the sector's massive purchasing power has the potential to reshape the supply chain. Poorly sourced biofuels -- produced using the wrong feed stocks or employing damaging management practices -- could drive deforestation, food insecurity, and carbon pollution, and thereby damage brand value.
How extreme weather acts as a catalyst for climate concern
Mar 04, 2013The Guardian
- As the impacts of global warming start to hit home, we are seeing weather-related variation in public perceptions
Climate Change science poised to enter nation's classrooms
Mar 04, 2013InsideClimate News
- New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month.
U.S. Navy going full green ahead
Mar 04, 2013Here & Now
- The U.S. military burns about 12 million gallons of oil every day, but the Navy is trying to reduce that number. It’s experimenting with alternative fuels, with the goal of a permanent Green Fleet deployment by 2016. Not everyone is on board with this. Senator John McCain says it’s too expensive and that adopting a “green agenda for national defense, of course, is a terrible misplacement of priorities.” But the Navy is steaming ahead.
From A to ZeaChem: biorefinery creating jobs, new markets in Oregon and beyond
Feb 26, 2013fuelinggrowth.org
- When advanced biofuel manufacturer ZeaChem decided to construct a new biorefinery, it searched for a site that could grow with the company. Eventually, ZeaChem chose a small town along the banks of the Columbia River – Boardman, Oregon.
EPA approves camelina, other feedstocks for advanced biofuel use
Feb 25, 2013Biomass Magazine
- On Friday, the U.S. EPA issued long-awaited approval for new feedstocks and biofuel processes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The rule was first proposed in January 2012 and now clears a path for advanced and cellulosic biofuels from camelina and energy cane, as well as renewable gasoline from previously approved biomass sources, to contribute to U.S. energy security and greenhouse gas reductions.
We should be putting clean fuels to work for Oregon
Feb 18, 2013The Oregonian
- Oregon's Clean Fuels Program creates a more diverse and stable fuel mix by requiring out-of-state fuel providers to reduce the carbon content of their own fuels, or provide additional low-carbon options. An independent economic analysis reveals the program to be the ultimate win-win.
Ambitious environmental priorities include clean energy and climate action
Feb 17, 2013The Olympian
- Encouraged by both a president and a new governor committed to tackling climate change through innovative clean energy programs, and the growing public support for their positions, the Washington State environmental lobby is going on the offensive during the 2013 legislative session.
Beer waste will help power Alaska brewery
Feb 09, 2013USA Today
- The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a source closer at hand: beer
Increases in extreme rainfall linked to global warming
Feb 01, 2013Science Daily
- A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise.
Car companies growing the electric vehicle infrastructure
Feb 01, 2013TreeHugger
- Nissan's plans to build at least 500 fast-charge stations around the U.S. during the next 18 months is a big deal.
US wind power capacity in 2012 beat natural gas
Jan 31, 2013CleanTechnica
- Wind was the No. 1 source of new generation installed last year, surpassing even natural gas, with 13,124 megawatts brought online, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s fourth-quarter report.
Clean energy innovators share their inspiring stories of success
Jan 28, 2013The Capital Press
- Rural Northwest innovators who are harvesting a full range of clean energy resources, from energy efficiency to renewable power and biofuels, were recognized at the 2013 Harvesting Clean Energy conference in Corvallis, OR.
DOE announces new funding for advanced biofuel supply chain development
Jan 28, 2013EERE News
- As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced about $6 million for projects that will develop and demonstrate supply chain technologies to affordably deliver commercial-scale lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to biorefineries across the country. This funding will help accelerate the development of integrated, cost-effective supply chain systems that reduce time and costs to produce affordable, clean transportation energy options for our cars, trucks, and airplanes.
Your biggest carbon sin may be air travel
Jan 26, 2013New York Times
- LAST fall, when Democrats and Republicans seemed unable to agree on anything, one bill glided through Congress with broad bipartisan support and won a quick signature from President Obama: the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011. This odd law essentially forbids United States airlines from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading System, Europe’s somewhat lonely attempt to rein in planet-warming emissions. Under that eight-year-old program, European power plants and manufacturers pay fees if they produce excess carbon emissions. The aviation sector was slated to start paying this year, too, for emissions generated by flights into or out of European Union airports.
Oregon tops nation in new Clean Jobs Index
Jan 23, 2013Sustainable Business Oregon
- The Clean Jobs Index aggregated data about clean and green jobs and found that there were more than 3 million available nationwide last year. The bulk of those jobs exist in Oregon with Washington coming in second for density of clean gigs.
Governor Inslee calls coal exports ‘The largest decision we will be making as a state from a carbon pollution standpoint’
Jan 22, 2013ThinkProgress
- In his first press conference as governor last week, Inslee addressed another aspect of the climate change fight in the Pacific Northwest.
Prize money offered to spark a solar revolution
Jan 18, 2013Grist.org
- If even a fraction of U.S. homeowners adopt solar, the impact would be huge. This contest aims to make adoption easier and more. affordable.
Geothermal takes a technological step forward
Jan 12, 2013SF Gate
- Geothermal energy developers working on the flanks of an ancient Oregon volcano say they have taken an important technological step toward expanding geothermal energy from a small niche into a potential major source of homegrown power.
Aviation biofuels players start building capacity
Jan 10, 2013BioFuelsDigest
- There hasn’t been a hotter sector in biofuels demand than aviation.
China's carbon intensity falls over 3.5 percent in 2012
Jan 10, 2013Reuters
- China's carbon intensity, or its emissions relative to economic output, fell more than 3.5 percent in 2012, outperforming its average annual target.
2012 was hottest on record in U.S.
Jan 09, 2013The New York Times
- The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
Mosaic sells out first public solar projects in less than 24 hours
Jan 08, 2013Solar Mosaic Press Release
- Mosaic, an online marketplace that connects investors to high-quality solar projects, sold out its first four projects in less than 24 hours with over 400 investors putting in between $25 and $30,000.
100% biofuel flight shows significant reductions in emissions and fuel consumption
Jan 08, 2013GreenAir Online
- Analysis of the industry-first 100% biofuel-powered flight carried out on a civil jet aircraft last October has produced some interesting findings. The flight was conducted by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) using its Falcon 20 test aircraft with both engines using unblended ReadiJet aviation fuel produced from the sustainable oilseed crop Brassica carinata. The Falcon was trailed in flight by a second aircraft, a T-33, to capture and measure engine emissions produced from the fuel. NRC experts have revealed that compared with conventional kerosene fuel, there was a reduction of 50% in aerosol emissions and in addition to a comparable engine performance, the tests show an improvement of 1.5% in specific fuel consumption during steady state operations. Additional static engine ground tests also showed a significant reduction of up to 25% in particles and up to 49% in black carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuel equivalent.
Pay-for-production solar incentive proving viable in Oregon
Jan 07, 2013Sustainable Business Oregon
- A two-year report on the pilot program launched in 2010 to create a solar incentive where utilities pay panel owners for the power they generate indicates that the program is viable and coexists well with other available incentives for homeowners and businesses looking to go solar.
Climate change poses a public-health threat
Jan 06, 2013The Seattle Times
- When weather becomes chaotic and extreme, when ocean chemistry changes, when sea levels rise, people suffer. Fortunately, we have many options for protecting people for years to come. We need to act.
"Fiscal Cliff" deal includes four tax provisions that directly impact biofuels
Jan 02, 2013BioFuelsDigest
- Three key tax credits were extended for cellulosic biofuels, biodiesel and renewable diesel, and the playing field was leveled for algae.
Oregon's clean energy future
Dec 17, 2012The Oregonian
- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber today released his 10-year energy action plan that focuses on improving energy efficiency and conservation, improving the state's clean-energy infrastructure and accelerating the transition to cleaner transportation options.
Energy Department announces new funding to reduce cost of producing advanced drop-in biofuels
Dec 14, 2012EERE News
- The Energy Department today announced up to $12 million in new funding for projects that aim to drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. These advanced biofuels can be blended with conventional petroleum fuels for use in traditional cars, trucks, and airplanes—giving American consumers and businesses more options and helping to diversify the nation’s energy economy. The funding announced today will support up to five research and development projects that will boost biofuel yields from non-food-based lignocellulosic feedstocks such as agricultural residue, fast-growing poplar trees, and switch grass. These projects will help improve the carbon, hydrogen, and separation efficiencies in bio-oil production and upgrade processes to meet these goals.
New study: non-car drivers outspend drivers at local businesses
Dec 14, 2012The Oregonian
- For every motorhead who has asked, "Now, why would they get rid of perfectly good car parking spots for bike corrals?": A new Portland State University study has a pretty good answer.
Seattle coal-export hearing packed, mostly by opponents
Dec 13, 2012The Seattle Times
- More than 2,300 people (with the vast majority of the crowd and speakers decked out in red anti-coal shirts) packed two rooms at the Washington State Convention Center on Thursday to tell government officials what they thought about plans to export coal from Rocky Mountain states through ports in the Northwest.
Leadership: The economics of clean energy
Dec 11, 2012Publicola at SeattleMet
- "Denial is not a strategy. Delay is not an option. There are people who refuse to accept science no matter how many storm surges, torrential rainfalls, droughts and demise of ocean species occur. We can’t wait for them." --Governor-Elect Jay Inslee
Wind and solar power paired with storage could power grid 99.9 percent of the time
Dec 10, 2012Science Daily
- Renewable energy could fully power a large electric grid 99.9 percent of the time by 2030 at costs comparable to today's electricity expenses.
The impact of climate change on our beloved ski industry
Dec 07, 2012Puget Sound Business Journal
- Although it's currently snowing heavily in the Cascade Mountains, environmental groups are warning that global warming could have an impact on Washington state's winter tourism industry, where more than 6,000 people are employed.
Coal backers hire temp workers to stand in line
Dec 04, 2012The Spokesman Review
- A trade organization promoting coal shipments from Pacific Northwest ports hired about 30 temporary workers to stand in line at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center this morning to secure the limited number of cards that will be handed out for testimony this afternoon.
Growing climate change movement: students aim at college portfolios
Dec 04, 2012The New York Times
- In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda.
US Senate votes 54-41 to clear Navy’s path to affordable, advanced biofuels capacity
Nov 30, 2012Biofuels Digest
- “Today’s vote was loud and clear,” said Mike McAdams. “The Senate once again backed our nation’s military which considers advanced biofuels as an essential tool for our national security and energy independence.”
Clean fuels are the way forward for Oregon
Nov 26, 2012The Oregonian
- By encouraging locally produced fuel choices, Oregon will lessen our dependence on imported oil while supporting Oregon businesses and creating jobs that are built to last.
Taking green building into the realm of housing projects and urban farms
Nov 20, 2012Grist.org
- It’s one thing to pour money into your shmancy new gazillion-dollar, net-zero eco bungalow. It’s quite another to bring that design to the multitudes of urban dwellers who are more familiar with subway schedules than they are with LEED certification.
Kitzhaber joins western governors in a call to put a price on carbon
Nov 14, 2012Sustainable Business Oregon
- In a joint statement with the other regional leaders who make up the Pacific Coast Collaborative, Gov. John Kitzhaber joined a call that supports a price on carbon.
European Commission agrees to "stop the clock" on international aviation emissions
Nov 12, 2012GreenAir Online
- EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced this morning the EU will suspend enforcement of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to airlines flying to and from Europe in order to allow ICAO to continue its progress towards a global emissions reduction scheme. The EU ETS will continue to apply to intra-EU traffic so European carriers will still be required to monitor, report and verify their CO2 emissions on flights within the EU, and surrender the required allowances by 30 April 2013.
Landmark global warming law becomes real this week
Nov 10, 2012Mercury News
- This week California will become the first state to begin requiring a broad range of businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution.
Mount Vernon coal terminal scoping meeting draws 1,000
Nov 06, 2012Skagit Valley Herald
- If red means stop and green means go, the sentiment at Monday’s public comment meeting on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal was in big, bold, capital letters: “STOP.”
National NGO's urge federal leadership at ICAO assembly
Nov 05, 2012
- National NGO's write to urge federal government to advance a proposal that would achieve the lowest cost credible carbon emissions reductions from aviation in the context of an agreement amongst the parties of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Worlds first 100% biofuel flight soars over Canada
Oct 30, 2012Biofuels Digest
- Groups celebrated the successful completion of the world's first flight segment on 100% renewable, drop in biofuel, conducted by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) using its Falcon 20 jet. The drop in fuel was produced using Agrisoma Resonance TM Energy Feedstock, a dedicated industrial oilseed that was launched at commercial scale in 2012 across a broad region of western Canada.
ZeaChem completes construction of cellulosic ethanol biorefinery
Oct 29, 2012Press Release
- ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has completed construction of its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. The project was completed on budget and is expected to begin production of cellulosic ethanol by the end of 2012.
EC to cap food-based biofuel contribution to renewable energy transport targets
Oct 29, 2012ATW - Air Transport World
- The European Commission (EC) has published proposals to limit the amount of food-based (so-called “first generation”) biofuels that can be counted towards the renewable energy targets set for the European transport sector, including aviation. The EC plans to cap the percentage of first generation biofuels and bioliquids that can be counted towards the overall 10% target it set for the transport sector in 2009 at the current consumption level of 5% until 2020. The overall renewable energy and carbon intensity reduction targets of 10% by 2020 will remain unchanged.
Lufthansa signs biofuels production agreement with Algae Tec
Oct 29, 2012ATW - Air Transport World
- Lufthansa (LH) and Australia-based Algae Tec have signed a collaborative agreement to build facility that would produce algae on a large scale and convert it to aviation biofuels. The site will be in Europe and located adjacent to an industrial CO2 source, the companies said in a statement
Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable
Oct 22, 2012Eugene Registar Guard
- The Eugene City Council is ready to vote on a resolution that calls for an environmental impact study and health assessment of transporting coal, and opposes shipping 10 million tons of coal through our community to Coos Bay.
Smart grid pilot project debuting at University of Washington
Oct 22, 2012KPLU
- The Pacific NW Smart Grid could help governments and utilities avoid the cost and expense of building new power plants. The UW’s pilot project alone is expected to save the university $350,000 on power bills.
The Stampede of Elephants: Biofuels and big balance sheets
Oct 18, 2012Biofuels Digest
- 28 big balance sheets deploying capital into commercial-scale advanced biofuels. Who’s writing the checks, and for what, and when?
Bill Gates backs world's largest algae farm
Oct 18, 2012GreenBiz
Mainstream commercial air carriers consider biofuels
Oct 16, 2012GreenBiz
- European airlines like British Airways and Lufthansa are looking towards biofuels to help them comply with European Union standards. The EU has imposed a limit to CO2 emissions from any flights arriving at or departing from EU airports.
Oregon wine growers green the landscape in more ways than one
Oct 15, 2012Earth Techling
- Oregon vintners taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint through energy efficient green building and renewable energy.
Scientists adopt Washington island as a warming bellwether
Oct 06, 2012The New York Times
- Tatoosh has been the object of intense biological scrutiny, and scientists say they are seeing disturbing declines across species — changes that could prove a bellwether for oceanic change globally.
The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Oct 03, 2012ACEEE press release
- Northwest leaders in energy efficiency: Oregon and Washington are the top ten; Montana is one of the three most improved states.
Poll: 92 percent of U.S. voters support more solar energy
Oct 02, 2012Solar Novus Today
- Voters’ favorable view of solar translates directly into widespread bipartisan support for federal incentives fostering solar energy.
New study: The impact of wind development on county-level income and employment
Oct 02, 2012
- When wind comes to town personal income increases and jobs are created.
Green airports on carbon cutting mission
Oct 02, 2012CNN
- The aviation sector is renowned as a carbon intensive business, but an increasing number of airports are looking to change that by integrating the latest green-tech into their daily operations.
Coal trains, terminals need comprehensive environmental reviews
Oct 02, 2012The Seattle Times
- None of the five active plans to ship coal from the Powder River Basin to China via proposed coal ports in exists in isolation. That is why the Army Corps of Engineers must initiate expansive reviews of the environmental, health and transportation issues related to moving millions of tons of coal by dozens of trains each day.
Watershed restoration, the new job growth sector
Sep 26, 2012National Geographic - Water Currents Blog
- The long-term benefits that result from restoring natural capital — improved water and air quality, fish populations, and overall biodiversity — all continue to accrue and pay out over time, providing natural advantages for local, regional, and national economies.
One of world's biggest wind farms up and running in Oregon
Sep 24, 2012Sustainable Business Oregon
- "The completion of Caithness Shepherds Flat is an excellent example of how Oregon can attract significant investments in the building blocks of the future economy, showcasing our state as a key player in new economic growth and resilience," Governor Kitzhaber said in a news release.
Senate votes to shield US airlines from EU's carbon scheme
Sep 22, 2012MSNBC
- The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would shield U.S. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights. However, new amendments agreed to during negotiations among lawmakers said the secretary could only do so if the EU trading scheme is amended, an international alternative is agreed to, or the United States implements its own program to address aviation emissions.
National Resource Council is making preparations for world's first jet flight powered entirely by plant oil
Sep 21, 2012Ottawa Citzen
- Sometime next month, a passenger jet will roar over Ottawa in the first test flight of jet fuel made entirely from plant oil.
INTERVIEW: LanzaTech Seeks Partners for Waste-To-Jet Fuel Project
Sep 14, 2012Dow Jones Newswires
- Bioscience startup LanzaTech NZ Ltd. is seeking technology partners to convert steel industry waste into jet fuel for airplanes, Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Holmgren told Dow Jones Newswires from China Friday.
Key partnership testing 100% drop-in aviation biofuel
Sep 13, 2012Biofuels Digest
- This flight will be the first time in the world a jet aircraft is powered by 100%, un-blended, renewable jet fuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications.
Plastics power planes
Sep 13, 2012GreenBiz.com
- British pilot Jeremy Roswell plans to fly a small private plane 10,000 miles -- from Sydney, Australia to London, England -- powered by a fuel made from plastic waste.
KC Golden recognized for encouraging cities, businesses and utilities to tackle climate challenge
Sep 12, 2012
- Climate Solutions advocate and policy architect honored with prestigious Heinz Award
The hidden dangers of oil refineries
Sep 11, 2012Cosscut
- A recent United Steelworkers report estimated that a fire breaks out, on average, every week at a U.S. refinery. Between 2000 and 2010, at least 117 workers were killed in the nation's oil refineries and coal-processing plants, according to Bureau of Labor statistics."
The future of electric cars is looking brighter
Sep 08, 2012The Seattle Times
- Electric-car technology is improving rapidly while internal-combustion engines are as good as they're ever going to get.
10 milestones in the summer of aviation biofuels
Aug 31, 2012Biofuels Digest
- It has been a summer of aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects right through the summer.
Reduce, replace, revolutionize
Aug 20, 2012GreenBiz.com
- One of the world's biggest air freight companies slashed its aircraft emissions nearly 14 percent over the last seven years by using a twist on the old environmentalist's maxim of "reduce, reuse, recycle."
Moving closer to deployment of wave power off the Oregon Coast
Aug 20, 2012Sustainable Business Oregon
- Ocean Power Technologies plans to deploy up to 10 of its power-generating buoys, each of which could power around 1,000 homes.
Rail company shelving Hoquiam WA coal export plans
Aug 14, 2012The Seattle Times
- Regional railroad operator RailAmerica told Port of Grays Harbor commissioners Tuesday that it is shelving current plans to build a coal storage and export facility at the port's Terminal 3 in Hoquiam.
We're on a record pace for ice loss in the Arctic
Aug 14, 2012Climate Central
- In short, the new data confirm what scientists have been seeing for several years now: the ice is thinning a lot faster than climate models originally predicted it would
Army Corps decision could delay coal terminal
Aug 09, 2012
- Please contact the Army Corps of Engineers and tell them we need to have a clear, comprehensive, and cumulative review of the risks and threats of coal exports on our communities from mine to rail and from port to plant.
USDA funds biofuels research and deployment
Aug 06, 2012USDA
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced payments for 125 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, including waste products. This funding is part of the current Administration's 'All of the Above' energy strategy.
Letter to the President on EU ETS
Aug 03, 2012
- Climate Solutions joined a vast network of NGO's in a letter to President Obama supporting carbon emission standards for global airlines.
Heat energy from wastewater
Aug 03, 2012KUOW
- “350 billion kilowatt hours of energy are lost every year, just flushed down the drain....If we’re smart about how we build cities and how we build communities and how we build buildings, maybe 50 years from now that will be a much smaller number.”
New study links wildfires and climate change
Jul 30, 2012Desesert New
- A new study has found a strong link between climate change and wildfire. . . It appears to explain long-term changes in the frequency of fire over many centuries, and it may explain what's been happening in the West in recent years.
Obama should declare a climate emergency
Jul 30, 2012The Register-Guard
- To prevent an increasing number of calamities, the president should declare a national emergency and summon leaders to Washington to craft solutions to the climate crisis.
Bainbridge Island: A new energy city and a solution story
Jul 24, 2012KPLU - NPR
- Bainbridge Island provides an inspiring example in a new report about how small cities are charting the future of energy innovation.
Energy security is critical to national security
Jul 18, 2012Navy Live
- This week, as part of the international Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the Navy embarks on the largest demonstration of military operations using renewable biofuel.
Eastern Oregon ranchers see hope in rising wind turbines
Jul 16, 2012Corvallis Gazette Times
- Eastern Oregon's burgeoning wind-energy industry is providing hope of financial stability for ranchers near Heppner.
City of Sydney builds separate bike lane, bike usage explodes by 82%
Jul 09, 2012Clean Technica
- The Australian government is in the process of implementing its 2030 blueprint for a greener city. So far, as part of that, it has implemented a lot more bike lanes — 200 km worth. This approach is very different from that of the United States federal government, which is mostly trying to green its transportation by setting minimum fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.
Mapping a clean-energy career
Jul 06, 2012Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
- The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has just released a Smart Grid Career Lattice Interactive Map that describes a variety of clean energy career paths
Oregon mayor chooses clean economic growth
Jul 02, 2012Inside Climate News
Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat
Jul 02, 2012The Washington Post
- "According to scientists, climate change means not only that we will see higher temperatures but that there will be more extreme weather events like the one we just experienced. Welcome to the rest of our lives."
The role of rural electric co-ops in a clean-energy future
Jun 29, 2012Northwest Ag Information Radio
- "Electric coops in the nation lead the country in the deployment of smart meters and Oregon electric coops are really at the vanguard of this." - Ted Case, ORECA
Solar panels will help power Montana high school, provide educational opportunities
Jun 29, 2012Helena Independent Record
- The Green Group, a student club at Helena High School working to promote environmental awareness, received $18,000 from Northwestern Energy for the system on the roof and $3,000 for the indoor solar station came from the Helena Education Foundation.
Defense Production Act Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project notice
Jun 27, 2012Defense Production Act Title III
- On June 27, 2012, the Defense Production Act Title III Program published a Funding Opportunity Announcement for an "Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project."
Why the camelina market is bigger than we think
Jun 21, 2012Capital Press
- "People are saying they don't want to raise camelina because they don't have a market for that sort of thing," Camp said. "I'm here to say that market is out there. The problem is we're not raising enough of it."
Safeco Field solar panels producing energy despite dreary weather
Jun 21, 2012The Mariners Blog
- With the first day of summer, and this week’s sunny days, it seemed a good time to check how the solar panels installed on the skybridge to the Safeco Field garage have been doing during our otherwise dreary June.
New Report: Future is bright for renewable electricity
Jun 19, 2012National Renewable Energy Laboratories
- Renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 while meeting electricity demand on an hourly basis in every region of the country.
The state of the biomass industry – The Department of Energy Biomass Program perspective
Jun 18, 2012US DOE Biomass Blog
- The Biomass Program, our partners in other agencies, and our national laboratory network see the true potential that diversifying our transportation energy supply can mean to this country.
Kaiser Permanente links climate change to health care
Jun 14, 2012Bloomberg
- This health care leader is showing how an authentic, mission-driven connection to global issues can drive change.
Dept. of Energy throws millions at a startup trying to make solar energy mainstream
Jun 13, 2012The Washington Post
- The U.S. Department of Energy wants normal Americans to start using solar energy in their everyday lives. To that end, it’s just granted $2 million to Solar Mosaic, a sort of Kickstarter for solar projects.
We must do more to accelerate solutions to climate change
Jun 06, 2012The Seattle Times
- Climate change should be the subject of a robust national dialogue about the best strategies for solutions, write William Ruckelshaus and K.C. Golden. Politics should stop at reality's edge.
Around the world, cap-and-trade is still alive and kicking
Jun 05, 2012The Washington Post
- Cap-and-trade is very far from dead. Across the globe, dozens of countries are either enacting or studying cap-and-trade programs for their heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
Copenhagen will use offshore wind, bike freeways and district heating to be CO2-neutral by 2025
Jun 05, 2012ClimateWire
- Copenhagen plans to invest in wind farms, electric cars, bike paths and energy-efficient buildings in an effort to become the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025
Production tax credit is an essential incentive for Portland-area growth
Jun 01, 2012The Oregonian
- "When we look at the production tax credit debate -- now mired in pre-election politics in Washington, D.C. -- we think of it as a jobs issue that has a tremendous impact in Oregon."
Missoula City Council supports study of coal trains' effects
May 22, 2012The Missoulian
- The resolution calls on the Corps of Engineers to conduct a “programmatic environmental impact statement” on the cumulative effects of air pollutants, traffic delays, coal dust, and noise pollution. It also calls for a public hearing in Missoula.
Portland Community College unveils solar array at Rock Creek
May 18, 2012The Oregonian
- With a herd of bleating sheep looking on, Portland Community Collegeofficials on Friday unveiled a newly completed 35,000-square-foot solar array at their Rock Creek Campus.
Climate change accelerating, complicating Idaho's spring runoff
May 08, 2012Idaho Statesman
- The effects of global warming are making it more difficult for reservoir managers to control floods and manage flows for irrigation, recreation and fisheries.
Activists rally in Portland against exporting coal from Northwest ports
May 07, 2012The Oregonian
- Several hundred activists gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square today to rally against exporting Montana and Wyoming coal from Northwest ports, an effort to signal the industry that it's in for a no-holds-barred fight.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Clean Water Act, coal, natural gas and Portland
May 04, 2012The Oregonian
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson stopped by Portland on Friday to tour the city's "green infrastructure" and deliver the opening address for "River Rally 2012," a gathering of river activists from around the globe in Portland this weekend.
The death of public support for global warming action is greatly exaggerated
Apr 30, 2012Think Progress
- A just-released poll from the Yale and George Mason climate change communication programs reveals that 63 percent of respondents said the United States should move forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, regardless of what other countries do.
Oregon and northwest neighbors must decide wisely on coal export proposals
Apr 29, 2012
- Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has asked the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explain how boosted coal exports to Asia fits "the larger strategy of moving to a lower carbon future."
Taking action on clean energy and climate protection in 2012
Apr 25, 2012The Center for American Progress
- The Center for American Progress has just released a white paper which outlines actions that federal, state, and local policymakers, in addition to the private sector, can take to advance a clean energy agenda in 2012.
South-central Idaho dairy opts for solar power
Apr 24, 2012Idaho Press-Tribune
- It took 30 solar panels, but farmer Dan De Kruyf is now a dairy trendsetter.
Climate change has nothing to do with Al Gore
Apr 19, 2012Bloomberg
- Extremes are becoming more extreme. And none of it has anything to do with Al Gore.
Pierce County’s sustainability efforts save $1.3 million
Apr 19, 2012Pierce County, WA
- Pierce County saved more than $1.3 million in 2010 and 2011 by reducing its use of energy, water, fuel and office supplies.
New poll shows many link weather extremes to climate change
Apr 17, 2012The New York Times
- The poll opens a new window on public opinion about climate change.
Former Montana coal mine manager says now is time to seek industry change
Apr 17, 2012The Missoulian
- Those worried about potential leaps in the number of coal trains rolling through Missoula have a small window of opportunity to get changes made, according to a former coal mine manager.
Missoula railyard neighbors worry about pollution, noise from coal trains
Apr 15, 2012The Missoulian
- As many as 60 more trains a day will travel through Montana if plans to develop coal export terminals on the West Coast move ahead over the next several years.
How Oregon can generate a low-carbon future by going coal-free
Apr 15, 2012Oregon Live
- The Boardman decision gives us the opportunity to design a new power system based not on single, large, fossil-fueled generators -- coal or gas -- but on a diverse array of efficiency and renewable technologies.
Hybrid and electric cars see record sales in first quarter
Apr 13, 2012Charleston Gazette
- Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars, giving the vehicles their greatest share yet of the U.S. auto market.
Portland carbon emissions down 26 percent since 1990
Apr 11, 2012Sustainable Business Oregon
- “Portlanders now have more low-carbon options to get to school and to work, more efficient ways to heat and power their homes and new ways to deal with household waste.”
Seattle building receives LEED Platinum certification
Apr 09, 2012
- Unico Properties and Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments have achieved LEED-Platinum certification for the Russell Investments Center – now the largest Platinum building in Seattle.
It's already been a very record-breaking hot year
Apr 09, 2012AP in The Olympian
- It's been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren't just broken, they were deep-fried.
Protesters rally against coal transport plan
Apr 09, 2012Statesman Journal
- Leaders of Power Past Coal delivered more than 7,000 comments from Oregonians speaking out against the proposals.
Algae powered street lamps suck carbon
Apr 08, 2012GreenMuze
- French biochemist Pierre Calleja has created large-scale algae powered street lamps that can potentially absorb more than one ton of CO2 a year.
Climate change vs. Easter bunnies and rock rabbits
Apr 05, 2012Los Angeles Times
- Easter is still a great day for worship, candy in baskets, pagan equinox rituals and running around the yard finding eggs, but every year it gets quite a bit worse for bunnies - and our pikas.
Missoula leaders tout new federal limits on carbon pollution
Apr 03, 2012The Missoulan
- The effects of carbon emissions are far-reaching, but group of Missoula leaders in government, health care, economics and even spirituality came together to tout the first federal limits on carbon pollution.
Scientists cite human-driven climate change for more heat waves, heavier rainfal
Apr 02, 2012The Washington Post via The Seattle Times
- Scientists are increasingly confident that the uptick in heat waves and heavier rainfall is linked to human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions, posing a heightened risk to the world's population, according to two recent reports.
Northwest seen as hot spot for jet biofuels
Mar 25, 2012The Olympian
- The goal is to establish the Northwest as a center for aviation biofuels by harnessing the presence of Boeing, Alaska Airlines and research labs across the state.
Policies plug into electric vehicle future
Mar 22, 2012Portland Tribune
- We can encourage the development and use of technology that enables the charging of electric vehicles with 100 percent renewable energy, so they generally can be zero-emissions vehicles and not powered by an energy mix that includes dirty fossil fuels.
Input needed on Seattle City Light’s 2013-2018 Strategic Plan
Mar 15, 2012
- This is a great opportunity for clean-energy advocates to support investment by their public utility in future energy.
USS Ford runs on Solazyme marine diesel; first algal fuels used in operational fleet
Mar 15, 2012BioFuels Digest
- The USS Ford, a U.S. Navy Frigate fleet ship, successfully journeyed from its homeport in Everett, WA to San Diego, CA using 100% algal derived renewable marine diesel fuel.
Finding an energy game plan for Oregon
Mar 10, 2012The Oregonian
- It's time for Oregon to embrace the many unknowns -- technological and economic as well as political -- of its uncertain energy future. Oregon's security, comfort and so many family-wage jobs will depend on it.
We must be aware of our planet's plight
Mar 05, 2012Bozeman Daily Chronicle
- While low snow affects winter recreation, the greater concern is water available for domestic and agricultural needs.
Northwest communities need to fight coal exports, trains
Mar 02, 2012The Missoulan
- Those who live along the rail lines that would carry the coal through Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington share concerns about the hidden costs to health, safety, the environment and pocketbook.
The U.S. Air Force dares you to laugh at their biofuel
Mar 01, 2012TPM Livewire
- According the Col. Col. Scott Reed, Commander of the 180th Maintenance Group, the switch to a camelina biofuel blend is actually going much more smoothly than a petroleum-to-petroleum fuel shift the Air Force made back in the 1990’s.
China to meet one-third of jet fuels needs with biofuel by 2020
Feb 28, 2012Dow Jones Newswires - Fox Business
- China has the technology to make aviation biofuel and now needs to reduce production costs to sell it commercially. Jet fuel made from renewable resources emits significantly less carbon dioxide than traditional aviation kerosene, also known as jet fuel.
Tester fighting for Montana’s wind industry
Feb 24, 2012Office of Senator Jon Tester
- Senator joins bipartisan call for stable tax system to offer more certainty, create jobs.
Oregon doesn't need coal export
Feb 17, 2012Sustainable Business Oregon
- As business leader, I put a premium on value. In this case, we need to value how a high quality of life and our reputation as a clean economy leader helps us grow and attract business in Oregon.
Emerging energy solutions presented at Green Professionals Conference
Feb 17, 2012Oregon Business
- One emerging energy centered in the Northwest is the search for sustainable aviation fuels. Ross Macfarlane explained that aviation industry leaders were pushing for innovation in this field.
Loss of wind energy tax credit may mean loss of many jobs
Feb 16, 2012NPR
Montana electeds in favor of extending the energy tax credit for wind, solar and other renewable power projects
Feb 14, 2012Billings Gazette
- "The last thing we should do right now is pull the rug out from under local energy projects," said Rehberg. "Ultimately, the sooner we can find a way to support domestic energy production in the long term, the easier economic planning will be.
What's causing the deadly cold in Europe
Feb 07, 2012Climate Central
- In recent years there have been studies examining how the global warming-related loss of Arctic sea ice might affect winter weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. Some of this research shows that sea ice loss may favor winters with predominately negative phases of the Arctic Oscillation.
Mining Montana coal comes with a high cost
Jan 27, 2012Bozeman Daily Chronicle
- Mining, transporting and burning 1.2 billion tons of Otter Creek coal would increase annual CO2 emissions by about 250 percent every year for 30 years, an increase of around 186 million tons per year.
Dairy farm now turns manure into money
Jan 26, 2012The Seattle Times
- Andy and his brother Jim Werkhoven have discovered a way to not only deal with waste but to turn manure into money by using it to generate electricity.
How Bainbridge Island cut peak power consumption 10 MW
Jan 23, 2012ThinkProgress.org
- The 23,000 citizens of Bainbridge Island in Washington State are showing how a combination of transparent price signals, online social networking and old fashioned community organizing can make a big difference in reducing energy consumption.
Why mileage-based insurance should be a Federal mandate
Jan 19, 2012Huffington Post
- Mileage-based insurance or Pay-As-You Drive was first explored in 1925. Since then, the issue has been studied and analyzed and reformulated dozens of times. With the advent of technology that would allow real-time mileage monitoring, the issue gained steam among environmentalists, social justice advocates and safety proponents, all of whom found remarkable benefits from PAYD.
Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline
Jan 18, 2012The Washington Post
Study finds the American dream home is energy efficient
Jan 14, 2012GreenBiz.com
- According to a new Yahoo survey, energy efficiency is a top hallmark of the "dream home" -- more consumers cited energy efficiency as a desirable attribute than any other feature.
Oregon’s largest expansion of residential solar energy
Jan 12, 2012The Portland Tribune
- Two approaches have been game-changers in residential solar energy: the community-based Solarize model, pioneered in Portland; and solar-panel leases that enable homeowners to add solar without a dollar in up-front cost.
Researchers document profound cascading ecological effects as Rocky Mountain snowpack diminishes
Jan 11, 2012Summit County Citizens Voice
- A steady decline in Rocky Mountain snowpack the past few decades has led to a classic cascading ecological effect, with "powerful" shifts in mountainous plant and bird communities, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Northwest a leader in energy efficiency
Jan 04, 2012Think Progress
- According to a new report from the Institute for Electric Efficiency, ratepayer budgets for efficiency programs climbed to record levels in 2011, to $6.8 billion.
Where the real jobs are
Jan 01, 2012The New York Times
- The Keystone pipeline is bad energy policy and doesn’t do enough for the economy. President Obama should argue for alternative fuel sources and clean energy jobs.
How 2011 Became a 'Mind-Boggling' Year of Extreme Weather
Dec 28, 2011PBS
- PBS report on climate change: From snowstorms to floods and tornadoes, severe weather wreaked havoc across the United States this year, with 2011 marking far more extreme weather events than a typical year.
Video: 30,000 Chinese ‘Occupy’ highway to protest polluting coal plants
Dec 21, 2011Think Progress
- Tens of thousands of residents in China’s southern Guandong Province gathered in the streets yesterday, occupying a highway to demonstrate against the development of a new coal plant near Shantou city.
Breakthroughs in the solar industry coming fast
Dec 16, 2011LA Times
- A new discovery may allow photovoltaic solar cells to double their efficiency, thus providing loads more electrical power from regular sunlight.
Obama, Clinton to announce energy saving program
Dec 02, 2011NPR - AP
- The proposal would upgrade buildings over the next two years with a goal of improving energy performance by 20 percent by 2020.
Climate change bad news for brews
Nov 28, 2011The Durango Herald
- Weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest meant that hops New Belgium normally uses weren’t available. The variability that characterizes climate change could affect all sorts of agricultural products, including other beverages such as coffee and wine.
Clean Energy Works heats up old house
Nov 25, 2011Portland Business Journal
- Portland's Clean Energy Works helps outfits homes, generally older residences, with newfangled energy efficiency gear.
Wind blows money into pockets of Sherman County residents
Nov 14, 2011The Oregonian
- Roughly 550 wind turbines rearing 300-plus feet into the breezy high desert sky have brought dramatic changes here. Twelve wind farms are now on line, producing 1,000 megawatts of alternative energy -- enough to power 100,000 homes -- and providing the county government with $9 million annual revenues
Montana publisher gets charge out of ride in electric car
Nov 12, 2011Fairfield Sun Times
- After a ride in an electric car, a truck-driving Montana journaliss admits a change of heart. " When you consider that most of our driving is around town... back and forth to work, to the supermarket or to the bank... not a cross-country trip, an electric car begins to make sense."
Alaska Airlines to run U.S. flights on biofuel
Nov 07, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- The commercial flights comes six months after the company joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Initiative, a 10-month regional effort to explore opportunities for creating an aviation biofuels industry in the Northwest.
Oregon and Washington press to develop new aviation biofuels industry
Oct 26, 2011The Idaho Statesman
- Officials from Boeing and Climate Solutions, the group the companies and airports engaged to moderate the effort, laid out their ambitious plans at the Harvesting Clean Energy conference held last week at the Boise Centre.
A local fight against global coal
Oct 26, 2011NPR
- Coal is a dirty business — the mining, the handling and ultimately the burning. And that is all very much on the minds of people in Bellingham, Wash.
Sports Rally Around Green Projects
Oct 25, 2011The New York Times
- The sports industry — from teams to leagues to stadium and track operators — is becoming more environmentally friendly.
Ag leaders are open-minded on energy options
Oct 23, 2011Idaho Statesman
- For people like me, whose connection to agriculture is mostly mediated by grocery stores, it might be hard to see the agricultural community as a group that exemplifies progressive thinking in the area of alternative energy. I know I was skeptical. After all, aren’t environmental activists out in front on this issue? Aren’t farmers and ranchers more conservative in their views?
With Deaths of forests, a loss of key climate protectors
Oct 01, 2011The New York Times
- Trees are effectively absorbing the emissions from all the world’s cars and trucks. Without that disposal service, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be rising faster.
Too hot for hot chocolate?
Sep 30, 2011Think Progress
- Seriously - we've got to solve the climate crisis now: In the coming decades, climate change could severely limit production in the region — disrupting local farmers and squeezing global chocolate supply.
Moving Planet: A day to move beyond fossil fuels
Sep 15, 2011Moving Planet - 350.org
- September 24. All over the world, all over the Northwest. Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Find an event in your community.
Electric vehicles could help store NW wind energy
Sep 13, 2011KPLU
- To help balance out wind’s variability, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., have found a way to help balance supply and demand. Scientist Michael Kintner-Meyer says electric cars can to do it.
Missoula job market can get a boost from green, bio-based companies like Blue Marble
Sep 03, 2011The Missoulan
- Montana Business Leader for Clean Energy Blue Marble is working in its Missoula facility to manufacture fully sustainable "drop-in" replacement biochemicals for the flavor, fragrance and cosmetics industries.
Shellfish farmers confront silent watershed crises
Aug 31, 2011Crosscut
- Ask a shellfish farmer about his plans and he would first consult his tide calendar. Between now and the equinox, Gary Webb of Eagle Rock Shellfish Company, must use any remaining daylight low tide hours to finish up maintenance and work on his nets. As of the first week of October, he will no longer be able to see his tideflats without a head lamp. This he knows for a fact.
Investing In Energy Efficiency Pays Off In Resale Value
Aug 27, 2011Hartford Courant
- A new study in Portland found that newly constructed homes with third-party certifications for sustainability and energy efficiency sold for 8 percent more on average than non-certified homes.
Don't run with green scissors
Aug 26, 2011Grist.org
- Timely post by David Roberts from Grist.org. Climate Solutions will be participating in a panel discussion on 8/29 that uses the Green Scissors Report as a jumping off point for a larger conversation about cutting the deficit while still maintaining our national priorities and commitments.
Seattle among first to try capturing sewer pipe heat for buildings
Aug 25, 2011Puget Sound Business Journal
- Could Seattle’s sewer pipes provide energy for nearby buildings? King County government hopes to find out.
Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers
Aug 21, 2011The New York Times
- We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.
Weatherization program strong in Kitsap
Aug 21, 2011Kitsap Sun
- Kitsap County's weatherization grants, part of President Barack Obama's $787 billion Recovery Act package, seem to have accomplished what they set out to do: Increase the number of weatherized homes and jobs.
Green Canopy Homes: Addressing the Housing Crisis and the Climate Crisis at the Same Time
Aug 19, 2011Think Progress
- Aaron Fairchild is an unabashed “eco-capitalist.” And his Seattle-based company, Green Canopy Homes, is helping renovate excess housing stock around the city while putting people to work. It’s a one-two punch: provide a fix to the housing downturn while reducing emissions.
The Great Oyster Crash
Aug 17, 2011OnEarth Magazine
- In the summer of 2007, something strange and troubling happened at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay in Oregon, which raises oyster larvae for shellfish growers from Mexico to Canada. The hatchery’s "seed," as the oyster larvae are called, began dying by the millions, for no apparent reason.
America needs laws that protect clean air, water
Aug 15, 2011The Billings Gazette
- No matter how carefully energy companies go about their business, accidents like the Yellowstone River oil spill are inevitable.
WA's King County Council to spare Metro service
Aug 12, 2011The Seattle Times
- The Metropolitan King County Council will approve $20 car-tab fees to spare Metro bus service from deep cuts.
Aberdeen biodiesel plant runs round-the-clock
Aug 11, 2011OregonLive.com
- BLCS partner and SAFN participant Imperium Renewables churns out biodiesel around-the-clock at its Grays Harbor facility.
Crop could harvest hundreds of bio-fuel jobs in Washington
Aug 08, 2011KING 5 News
- Amid the doom and gloom of the economy today, there is a bright spot to report. It comes in the form of a new industry, and green jobs for Washington. KING 5's Glenn Farley reports.
Washington does not need to help feed China's coal habit
Aug 04, 2011The Seattle Times
- In the literary world it is called foreshadowing. Those little hints and bits that suggest what might come next. The corporate bumbling surrounding creation of two giant coal terminals in Washington has that feel.
Power thirsty: The surprising link between energy and water
Aug 01, 2011DailyClimate.org
- Climate change is only going to make the water-energy balance more precarious.
Ultra-long coal trains on Seattle waterfront? Time for a long, critical look
Jul 31, 2011Seattle PI
- With construction of new coal plants being blocked across America -- and states like Washington phasing out coal -- the export market beckons, and particularly China.. . . Coal trains may be headed in our direction, en route to a big coal export terminal planned for Cherry Point north of Bellingham.
A railroad bottleneck if coal train traffic increases
Jul 27, 2011Crosscut
- A new study shows passenger rail service from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., can expand. But additional freight traffic from coal trains would create a problem for a stretch of single-track rail, landslides, and low-roof tunnels.
Saving owls and salmon also stores carbon
Jul 26, 2011The Seattle Times
- A new study finds that court-ordered logging cutbacks to save spotted owls and salmon from extinction have also helped the climate by storing more carbon
Hoping and praying won't make climate change go away
Jul 23, 2011The Oregonian
- Let us seize this opportunity to salvage a livable planet by using our human creativity, and our common sense, to shift to a brighter, clean energy future. The technologies are available. It's time for us to put faith in their promise for a better future.
In Seattle, Real Estate Sector to 'Green' Its Buildings as Economic Fix-It
Jul 22, 2011Solve Climate News
- The city's real estate industry is spearheading a first-of-its-kind green building initiative to help boost property values and lure businesses. Climate Solutions is proud to be a founding member of the Seattle 2030 District.
Solar power for wind energy headquarters in Portland
Jul 22, 2011Wind Energy News
- “As Portland seeks to become the capital of the global green economy, collaborations among our leading clean energy firms are key,” Portland Mayor Sam Adams said on July 20. “I’m excited to announce this unique partnership. It’s an excellent example of how two companies can come together and make something great happen in Portland.”
Mayor Bloomberg gives $50 million to fight coal-fired power plants
Jul 21, 2011The Washington Post
- Bloomberg will donate $50 million to a nationwide campaign to eliminate coal-fired power plants. Bloomberg has pushed for environmentally friendly policies such as investing in renewable energy and making the city’s taxi fleet more efficient.
King County Council should enact $20 vehicle fee now to save Metro bus service
Jul 17, 2011The Seattle Times
- The King County Council has the power to keep the economy from sliding backward, keep commuters moving to their jobs and keep traffic congestion in check by preserving Metro bus service from drastic cuts.
Heavy coastal erosion in 2009-2010 winter linked to climate change
Jul 14, 2011Mercury News
- The storms that battered the West Coast during the winter of 2009-10 eroded record chunks of shoreline, and more will likely disappear as the changing climate brings more such powerful storm seasons, scientists warn in a new study.
Montana's green jobs key part of state economy
Jul 13, 2011The Great Falls Tribune
- 3.1 percent of the jobs in Montana are green, the fourth-highest concentration in the nation.
Fred's saves $8,500 annually with solar panels
Jul 13, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- Fred Meyer's new store in Wilsonville opens Friday and will feature nearly 500 solar panels on its roof. It's the first Fred Meyer, and one of just four stores in Kroger's chain of 3,000, to operate using solar energy
Oregon solar farm reaps $20,000 a month from PGE program
Jul 10, 2011The Oregonian
- The $2 million project buzzed to life July 1, one of the first large-scale participants in Portland General Electric's solar payment option program, which buys electricity produced by customers and transfers it to the electric grid.
Columbia Falls Green Power House a 'closed-loop biorefinery'
Jul 09, 2011Great Falls Tribune
- The Great Falls Tribute ran a great article on one of our Montana Business Leaders for Clean Energy: Algae AquaCulture Technology of Whitefish, Montana.
Our new 'normal' weather: wetter and warmer
Jul 07, 2011The Seattle Times
- If you're among the many who feel Seattle has been getting wetter, guess what: You're right. And — this year's chilly spring notwithstanding — it's been getting warmer, too.
Showcasing possibilities for energy efficiency in sports venues
Jul 07, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- The Portland-based Green Sports Alliance was chosen last week as one of 14 initial partners signing on to the Obama Administration's $500 million Better Buildings Challenge.
Residents decry lack of information in Yellowstone River oil spill
Jul 06, 2011Great Falls Tribune
- "I want to know what the health impacts are and what's in the oil. Are there any chemicals added to the oil? What kind of fumes are given off? There are just no answers," Bonogofsky said. "They're saying it was just an irritant, but at the same time telling us to stay away from it."
To stay competitive, businesses urged to make climate resilience a priority
Jul 06, 2011Solve Climate News
- While most companies say they would benefit from investing in adaptation, few have actual plans in place to boost their resilience to warming.
Electric-vehicle station opens in Clark County
Jul 02, 2011The Columbian
- The stations are being deployed as part of the Electric Vehicle Project, a $230 million, federally funded program that aims to install 14,000 chargers in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas located in six states.
The economics of high-cost U.S. coal may be the real limiting factor
Jun 29, 2011Crosscut
- “It's an opportunity to reflect on what ... this economic crossroads look(s) like,” says KC Golden, Climate Solutions. “We are past the point at which we can 'protect' the environment from the ravages of the fossil fuel economy. We have to replace the fossil fuel economy.”
Google: Delaying Clean Energy Transition “Only 5 Years Could Leave Trillions on the Table”
Jun 28, 2011Think Progress
- Innovation in clean energy technologies could have a transformative impact on the United States. But delaying this “innovation arms race” by as little as five years with inconsistent policy that slows private investment could result in $3 trillion in unrealized GDP gains — costing the U.S. over a million new jobs and preventing the reduction of up to 28 gigatons of CO2.
Decision from Whatcom County planners deals setback to proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point
Jun 23, 2011The Bellingham Herald
- "The county made the right decision," said Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice. "This is a company that has promised a full and open process, and it has promised the most rigorous environmental protections possible. Both promises rang hollow when they were trying to lock in their '97 permit.
Oregon Senate approves "Cool Schools" legislation
Jun 20, 2011My Central Oregon
- "This legislation is a win-win for Oregon that will help reduce utility costs, upgrade aging facilities, improve the learning environment for our kids, and create much-needed jobs across Oregon," said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, a chief sponsor of the bill.
Consider all the implications of coal terminal - we can do better
Jun 19, 2011The Daily News
- Beyond its potential for significant negative health impacts on our community, the coal terminal could have a potentially devastating impact on our ability to continue to grow our port and attract other cleaner, more sustainable industries by overwhelming our transportation and rail systems.
Seeking new energy to (Re)Focus the Nation
Jun 13, 2011The New York Times
- Focus the Nation, a youth-oriented nonprofit group aiming to propel a transition toward non-polluting energy choices, is preparing for Recharge!, an August retreat on Mount Hood in Oregon.
Obama administration bets on green technologies creating jobs of the future
Jun 13, 2011NPR
- "I don't want the new breakthrough technologies and the new manufacturing taking place in China and India," Obama said at a recent clean energy event at a factory in Indianapolis. "I want all those new jobs right here in Indiana, right here in the United States of America, with American workers.
Facing down a 15,000-ton train engine full of coal
Jun 12, 2011The Seattle Times
- The good citizens of Bellingham pride themselves on their parks and social consciousness. It's a peaceful, gorgeous place. The perfect place for North America's biggest open-air coal dump, right?
Investors, workers: Strong fuel economy standards will fuel America's economy
Jun 08, 2011Forbes.com
- It shouldn’t need saying that fuel economy standards have huge economic implications. Setting the mileage standards bar as high as possible is what $4-a-gallon-weary consumers want. It’s also the best answer to tackle climate change and ensure that domestic carmakers and their workers can compete globally in a world of rising fuel prices.
Planned solar-powered Bainbridge development could be the greenest around
Jun 07, 2011The Kitsap Sun
- With the goal of drawing all of its power from the sun, the 137-home project is aiming for one of the nation's first endorsements from the BioRegional Development Group, an international nonprofit that promotes the creation of earth-friendly neighborhoods through its One Planet
Coal and our community don’t mix
Jun 07, 2011The Skagit Argus
- Shipping 50 million tons of coal annually would mean 18 to 20 more coal trains clogging our communities every day. These coal trains would be uncovered, as they are now, and would spew toxic coal dust all along the train routes.
Leaves in a jet plane
Jun 07, 2011The Pacific Northwest Inlander
- A Climate Solutions-facilitated regional effort is gaining steam to power commercial and military jets with fuel made from leftovers from the forest industry, local crops, municipal waste and algae.
Winthrop, WA embraces new solar project
Jun 06, 2011The Wenatchee World
- Private investors pitch in for community electric system, with some help from the state. Community solar projects are restarting the solar industry in Washington state and creating jobs in local economies.
Glued to The Weather Channel while the world burns
Jun 06, 2011The Huffington Post
- Media coverage rarely connects the unfolding cataclysms with the global climate change that fuels them. "Here's hoping the mounting disasters will finally teach us to turn off The Weather Channel and begin taking action."
A warming planet struggles to feed itself
Jun 04, 2011The New York Times
- The rapid growth in farm output that defined the late 20th century has slowed to the point that it is failing to keep up with the demand for food, driven by population increases and rising affluence in once-poor countries.
Bellingham Mayor Pike to oppose coal terminal at Cherry Point
Jun 03, 2011The Bellingham Herald
- In his statement, Pike says the environmental, health and economic costs to the city of Bellingham are too high, and the jobs the project promises to deliver are not enough to make up for those costs.
Powering past coal in Bellingham
Jun 02, 2011The Bellingham Herald
- More than 300 people packed into Mayor Dan Pike's community meeting Wednesday, June 1, to discuss concerns about the environmental and health impacts on the local community if a proposed coal and bulk cargo export terminal goes through at Cherry Point.
Money blows in to a patch of Oregon known for its unrelenting winds
May 30, 2011The New York Times
- In an area otherwise dominated by wheat farms, hundreds of 300-foot wind turbines now generate electricity, revenue and jobs.
Sustainable aviation fuel could bring opportunity to Montana farmers
May 26, 2011Harvre Daily News
- One of the prime sources of renewable jet fuels, called feedstocks, examined in a 10-month study on sustainable aviation fuels was camelina, a crop of increasing interest in north-central Montana.
Policy support needed to develop Northwest aviation biofuels industry
May 26, 2011The Olympian
- Sustainable Aviation Fuel Northwest results from leadership by regional aviation players. What’s needed now is strong policy backing at all levels of government to spur creation of a sustainable fuels industry specifically for aviation.
Cow power in Oregon
May 19, 2011The Oregonian
- Since it's founding in 1941 Lochmead Farms has been at the cutting edge of every agricultural trend you can name, from local food and vertical business integration to renewable energy.
Sustainable Business Oregon recognizes innovation in sustainable product: Indow Windows
May 19, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- This Portland company took an innovative, elegant solution for home energy efficiency and built a business out of it, going from zero to 13 employees in less than a year.
Solar panels to help power Qwest Field
May 17, 2011The Everett Herald
- The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today they will install the largest solar energy array to date in the state of Washington on the roof of Qwest Field Event Center.
How Bill Gates Would Solve the Climate Crisis
May 13, 2011Green Biz
- It takes a lot -- perhaps a minor miracle -- to put more than a thousand people in a celebratory mood at 7:30 a.m. And apparently, a public discussion with Bill Gates about climate change and its solutions is just such an occasion.
Mustering the political courage to act, move, decide
May 13, 2011The Seattle Times
- Gates made a strong case for the federal government to lead and fund basic energy research. Private money is involved, including his own, but he laid out a simple truth: Vested interests will keep the energy industry doing what it does — fighting to maintain the status quo.
It's time to build America's energy independence
May 13, 2011The Oregonian
- Kicking our addiction to foreign oil means lower fuel costs for families and businesses, more transportation options and improved competition, cleaner air and water, energy self-sufficiency and jobs -- jobs created here at home for Americans.
Bill Gates Calls for More U.S. Clean Energy Investment, Urges American Companies to Work With China
May 11, 2011The New York Times
- Microsoft founder, famous billionaire and clean energy supporter Bill Gates yesterday downplayed the notion that China is overtaking the United States in renewable energy at at Climate Solutions' sold out Annual Breakfast in Seattle.
Bill Gates says invest in energy, save the planet
May 11, 2011The Seattle PI
- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, he of immense intellectual candlepower, made the case Tuesday: The United States must invest modest amounts of intelligence and money with a goal of leading the world in perfecting new sources of energy.
Seattle's first commercial electric car charger
May 11, 2011Gary Chittim
- A major Seattle property company announced the opening of the first commercial chargers in the city.
Bill Gates on the energy challenge: optimistic on science & business
May 10, 2011Xconomy
- Gates shared some of his thinking on the climate and clean energy this morning at a breakfast keynote for the nonprofit Climate Solutions, which drew more than 1,000 people downtown to the Westin Seattle.
Bill Gates on energy philanthropy, R&D funding, & why the U.S. will out-innovate China
May 10, 2011Grist
- Gates believes that "breakthrough" innovations in energy technology are crucial.
Bill Gates gives speech about climate change
May 10, 2011The Independent
- Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates was the guest speaker at the May 10 annual fundraising breakfast of Climate Solutions, a non-profit environmental organization based in northwestern USA.
Bill Gates on energy innovation at Climate Solution's sold out breakfast in Seattle.
May 10, 2011The Seattle Times
- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is investing more of his own time and money in the search for clean energy and solutions to climate change.
Scientists, farmers to study climate change
May 10, 2011The Spokesman Review
- Farmers and scientists in the inland Northwest are launching a $20 million study on how climate change will impact agricultural practices.
Bellingham rocks the coal boat
May 06, 2011The Western Front
- More than 200 people packed into the Bellingham High School commons to attend the forum put on by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Climate Solutions and the Sierra Club.
Governor Gregoire signs bill to phase out coal power
Apr 30, 2011The Olympian
- “Coal power was a part of our past,” said Gregoire at the signing. “Our prosperity now depends on our ability to move forward with a clean energy future."
Local clean energy, not coal exporting, is key to Northwest prosperity
Apr 27, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- The Northwest faces a choice: Become a facilitator of foreign nations' coal consumption at the expense of the local environment and public health; or instead, support a domestic clean energy industry that can create quality local jobs and enable sustainable growth worldwide.
Gov. John Kitzhaber says small business, 'economy of innovation' will lead Oregon out of recession
Apr 27, 2011The Oregonian
- The new economy, Governor Kitzhaber said, will be one that "leads the way in advanced manufacturing" and that "rewards efficiency rather than excess." It will add jobs in low-carbon, energy efficient and locally based businesses.
Oregon businesses try to green their practices, in ways little and large
Apr 21, 2011The Oregonian
- The city of Portland's Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow awards announced this week -- the green Oscars -- rewarded outstanding sustainable companies.
Senator Tester talks air, water with MT businesses
Apr 20, 2011The Billings Gazette
- Softening federal clean air and water laws would be a blow to the local economy, several MT businesses told Sen. Jon Tester.
Electric vehicles gaining steam in South Sound
Apr 18, 2011The Tacoma News Tribune
- We’re sending half a trillion dollars to foreign countries for oil. We’re undermining the financial structure of the United States,” said David Laur of Lacey. “I have a son who’s 4 years old. I don’t want him to look me in the face and ask why we had a chance to move away from an oil-based society and didn’t."
Google to invest $100 million in world's largest wind farm
Apr 18, 2011Huffington Post
- The $2 billion Shepherds Flat project, near Arlington, Oregon, is due to be completed next year. It will stretch over 30 square miles of north-central Oregon and generate enough energy for 235,000 U.S. homes.
Should Longview become home to a coal shipping terminal?
Apr 17, 2011KING 5 News
- King 5 News in Seattle explores the controversy surrounding shipping coal from Powder River Basin to Washington ports and then on to China
Exporting Montana coal does not lead to prosperity
Apr 15, 2011The Billings Gazette
- Burning coal is not in Montana’s interest, wherever it occurs. We need a transition away from fossil fuels. The consequences of inaction are too great to ignore. Those who want to export coal are passing the buck, letting future generations deal with the consequences.
Step it up
Apr 14, 2011
- While it’s easy to tune out and feel overwhelmed with the problem that feels unsolvable - climate change - we can choose to be heroes. KC Golden talks about how to be part of the solution.
United Streetcar putting Americans to work
Apr 12, 2011The White House Blog
- The streetcars rolling through Portland, Oregon, are helping commuters beat the rising cost of refueling their cars and vans and trucks. And, as rising gas prices take a bigger bite out of family budgets, other communities are looking to ease that bite through similar transportation options.
Powerful fuel for Washington's economy
Apr 09, 2011The Everett Herald
- "Aviation leaders recognize that their industry has a critical need for sustainable alternatives to petroleum," says Ross Macfarlane, Climate Solutions. "For our region, there is a unique opportunity to create new jobs and new companies that partner with a traditional power house sector that includes Boeing."
Oregon cowboy town promotes solar energy
Apr 09, 2011Seattle Times
- A cowboy grasping the reins of a bucking bronco has long been the image of this farm and ranch town. Today, solar panels might just outnumber cowboys.
Port of Vancouver dodges coal; embraces food production
Apr 02, 2011The Columbian
- Faced with a choice of helping to grow food or feed industry, the Port of Vancouver picked a fertilizer ingredient over the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet.
Trade show to highlight regional Smart Grid companies and projects
Apr 01, 2011
- The event will be the region’s first trade show and conference on smart grid technology, complete with booths and exhibits from key companies in the smart grid arena, as well as conference sessions led by industry experts.
Montana business and labor leaders agree: Montana needs to support clean air
Mar 30, 2011The Montana Standard
- As Montana business and labor leaders, we understand how, over the past 40 years, the Clean Air Act has fueled American innovation, making the U.S. a leader in the multi-billion dollar environmental technology sector.
Energy-efficiency bill would boost state's economy
Mar 29, 2011Statesman-Journal
- Job growth in Oregon's clean-energy sector (including both renewable energy development and energy efficiency upgrades) has been five times stronger than overall job growth in the state. In fact, energy-efficiency programs have stimulated a $76 million increase in Oregon's wages and $11 million in new business income for the state since 2002.
If coal is so dirty that Washington shouldn't use it, should the state serve as a conduit for shipping it overseas?
Mar 27, 2011The Seattle Times
- "We know that it's a big decision and it's in our midst," said KC Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions. "And we know the likely consequences of getting it wrong."
Letter to the editor: Just say no to coal
Mar 25, 2011Vancouver Business Journal
- The coal saved by the transformation of our energy supply should stay in the ground, not go to fuel the Asian industrial machine.
Energy conservation: Increasing efficiency with more carrot than stick
Mar 24, 2011The Oregonian
- While conservation measures usually tend to be both prescriptive and proscriptive, HB3535 is more carrot than stick. This is a good time to implement this innovative approach to building the future we need.
Clean Energy Works expanding statewide, creating 1,300 jobs in next 3 years
Mar 21, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- Due to its success — the program also created 29 entry-level construction jobs and provided some level of work for 381 professionals — the U.S. Department of Energy in June allocated $20 million from its BetterBuildings program to finance the statewide expansion of Clean Energy Works
Oregon's business energy tax credit supports the triple bottom line
Mar 19, 2011Eugene Register Guard
- The business energy tax credit has been an integral part of the St. Vincent de Paul’s housing and business developments in the last five years. The program started in 1979 and is the longest-running tax incentive program in the country.
Governors give industrial energy efficiency a boost
Mar 18, 2011Western Governors Association
- Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter (Idaho), Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association noted that industry consumes approximately 28 percent of the West’s total energy use, which is why incremental improvements in efficiency can have a large impact on reducing the region’s overall energy consumption.
Bringing a miles-per-gallon concept to homes
Mar 17, 2011SustainableLife
- System lets Oregon home buyers know future energy use before purchase
Clean Air Act good for Montana's economy
Mar 17, 2011The Daily Interlake
- A Montana Business Leader for Clean Energy speaks out in support of the EPA's Clean Air Act.
ARCTIC: NOAA strategy warns of 'widespread' climate change
Mar 17, 2011E&E News
- "Widespread and dramatic" climate change is creating new environmental, economic and national security issues in the Arctic, warns a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report.
Exporting Montana coal doesn’t fuel prosperity
Mar 17, 2011Helena Independent Record
- Exporting a dirty fuel to Asia does not lead to long-term prosperity for Montanans. Our water is too precious, and our agricultural economy is critical. Our rail infrastructure should not be burdened with a huge increase in traffic. And preventing catastrophic climate change is too important.
Company to resubmit permit for coal-shipping port
Mar 15, 2011TriCity Herald
- The Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper and Climate Solutions, represented by the public interest law firm Earthjustice, had appealed the permit to a state hearings board. The groups raised concerns about potential health problems from coal dust, traffic congestion from coal trains and greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal.
Millenium to restart coal terminal permit process
Mar 15, 2011The Daily News
- Returning to square one, an Australian company is withdrawing its shorelines permit to build a coal export terminal west of Longview.
Company to resubmit permit for coal-shipping port
Mar 15, 2011The Seattle Times
- "Millennium withdrawing their permit application after the true size of their proposal was revealed just goes to show how much they'd misrepresented their intentions," said Becky Kelley with the Washington Environmental Council.
Coal foes claim victory over export terminal
Mar 15, 2011Wall Street Journal
- Environmental groups claimed a victory Tuesday when a unit of Australia-based Ambre Energy Ltd announced it withdrew its permit application for a proposed export terminal to ship coal mined in Montana and Wyoming to Asia via the Columbia River port of Longview, Washington.
Arch Coal’s megaport mess: developer withdraws permit
Mar 15, 2011The Seattle PI
- “People don’t like being misled: There is a strong public desire to know how many trains will be holding up traffic in Longview, how many will be going through the Columbia River Gorge, and how much coal dust will be in the air,” said Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia Riverkeeper.
Fight intensifies over West Coast coal exports to Asia
Mar 15, 2011The LA Times
- Plans for a major West Coast coal export facility-- the subject of an intense fight over greenhouse gases and U.S. coal supplies to Asia--took a new turn when Millennium Bulk Terminals Inc. announced it was withdrawing its permit for the facility near Longview, Wash.
Electric car charging stations in Beaverton go solar
Mar 14, 2011Clean Energy Authority
- The cool thing about this installation in Beaverton is that it will coincide with the city’s new solar initiative. Beaverton recently contracted with LiveLight Energy to lead its city-organized solarization effort to get 220 homeowners to go solar.
Coal-Free by 2025
Mar 14, 2011The Columbian
- Environmentalists want to shut down the TransAlta coal-powered plant near Centralia - labor organizations want to prevent the negative impacts that such a plant closure would have on jobs and the already grim economic climate in Lewis County. As it turns out, each faction will get what it wants.
Clean-tech: a decade of explosive growth with more to come
Mar 14, 2011The LA Times
- Wind What a difference a decade makes. Once shunned as an industry only a tree-hugger could love, clean-tech has blossomed into an economic heavyweight, according to a report from research firm Clean Edge Inc.
State weighs Millennium offer, but appeal likely to stand
Mar 10, 2011The Daily News
- The state Department of Ecology has "a considerable problem" with a settlement offer from Millennium Bulk Logistics to delay coal exports west of Longview but hasn't yet decided whether to accept it, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.
Environment bills get past important deadline
Mar 08, 2011Tacoma News Tribune
- Despite industry opposition, a budget shortfall and vows by Republican lawmakers to focus on economic recovery alone this session, environmentalists in Olympia had reason to celebrate Monday, with two of their biggest legislative priorities moving on ahead of the deadline for voting bills out of their houses of origin.
Millennium offers to delay coal exports, conduct environmental review
Mar 07, 2011The Daily News
- Millennium Bulk Logistics has offered to delay coal exports for at least a year and conduct a full environmental review to settle an appeal of its permit to build a coal terminal west of Longview, the company announced Monday. Environmentalists immediately labeled the plan "a deception."
Company wants to revise US-Asia coal permit
Mar 07, 2011The Bellingham Herald
- Environmental groups say the company is trying to deceive the public by proposing to build the dock for the coal terminal while analyzing the impacts later.
Electric car charging stations expanding in Washington
Mar 07, 2011KING 5 News
- "By the end of this year, we'll have installed 1,200 charging stations throughout central Puget Sound, Olympia areas," Rich Feldman with ECOtality said Monday. His company is working with a federal-private partnership to rapidly expand the number of charging stations in Western Washington.
Senator Murray urges colleagues to oppose amendments to the Clean Air Act
Mar 06, 2011
- “I rise today to express my strong opposition to any attempt to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job and protecting our families and environment,” said Senator Murray.
Phase-out for Washington’s biggest polluter
Mar 05, 2011The Seattle PI
- Washington’s biggest emitter of air pollution, the Trans-Alta coal plant in Centralia, will soon cut its nitrogen oxide emissions and then permanently shut its giant boilers in 2020 and 2025, in a far-reaching accord announced Saturday.
Plans to export more coal to China will only hurt efforts to combat climate change
Mar 05, 2011The LA Times
- This year an epic fight is brewing along the West Coast, one that may make as much difference to the future of our climate as anything that happens in Washington, D.C., and one that may also serve as a decisive battle in defining the U.S. relationship with China.
Bill Passes Senate: Washington to be coal-free by 2025
Mar 05, 2011The Chronicle
Bellingham: Back to coal with planned shipping terminal?
Mar 04, 2011Crosscut
- The plan for Cherry Point envisions a facility twice the size of the largest coal-shipping terminal on the West Coast, Westshore in Vancouver, B.C.
Editor's Notebook: I love coal, best when it’s kept in the ground
Mar 04, 2011The Daily Astorian
- The simple fact is that by digging up coal and burning it, we are undoing the natural carbon sequestration that took the planet 25 million years to accomplish – or much longer, when you count all the coal beds that are older than those in the Powder River Basin. What we are doing is awesomely self-destructive.
Peabody defends Asian coal shipments in West Coast port battle
Mar 02, 2011E&E News
- "We can't focus on developing clean energy as just a green hood ornament for the big Humvee of the fossil fuel economy," said Ross Macfarlane, a senior adviser at Climate Solutions.
Gateway Pacific terminal at Cherry Point starts permit process
Mar 01, 2011The Bellingham Herald
- The terminal's most likely use is for coal exports, and coal trains through the city would mean traffic disruptions, public spending on safety improvements, lost property values, disruption of business activity, and pollution from both coal dust and diesel locomotive exhaust.
The Daily News:Thumbs up to change of venue for coal port hearings
Feb 26, 2011The Daily News
- Members of the Cowlitz County Commission don't have the authority to review or revoke a permit granted in November to Millennium Bulk Logistics to build and operate a coal terminal in West Longview. The decision now rests with the state's Shorelines Hearing Board
Groups seek support of efficiency legislation
Feb 25, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- A handful of environmental and business organizations convened a conference call Friday to drum up support for a bill soon to be considered in the Oregon Legislature that would create new incentives for energy efficiency.
Millennium internal e-mail reveals goal of 80 million tons in annual coal exports
Feb 24, 2011The Daily News
- Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to export 80 million of coal through a proposed facility west of Longview, nearly 15 times more than the company originally stated in a permit, according to internal company e-mails obtained by The Daily News on Thursday
Hearing on US-Asia coal port in Longview cancelled; company sought 80M tons/year capacity
Feb 24, 2011AP - Canadian Business
- A hearing on the proposal set for Friday before a regulatory panel was cancelled following accusations that the port backers concealed plans for a much larger project along the Columbia River north of Portland, Ore.
Coal port sought 80M tons/yr capacity - AP Forbes
Feb 24, 2011Forbes
- Executives for a company seeking to build a major port to ship U.S. coal to Asia had internal discussions as recently as December on a project that could handle 80 million tons of the fuel annually - about 15 times the volume disclosed publicly, documents show.
Coal port sought 80M tons/yr capacity - AP Bloomberg Business Week
Feb 24, 2011
- Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to export 80 million of coal through a proposed facility west of Longview, nearly 15 times more than the company originally stated in a permit, according to internal company e-mails obtained by The Daily News on Thursday.
'Stop coal exports' protest in Salt Lake City
Feb 23, 2011Salt Lake City Weekly
- Protesters in Salt Lake City demanded that Ambre Energy quit exporting coal and move toward clean energy sources.
COAL: Another study spotlights health risks
Feb 23, 2011Greenwire
- A new study shows that worldwide coal use has a detrimental health impact even after taking into account the benefits of increased electricity availability across the globe.
New report on environmental, health impacts of coal ash in Fairbanks
Feb 23, 2011Fairbanks Daily News Miner
- A new report says coal ash in Fairbanks contains more chemicals than people think and should be more carefully regulated and disposed of. But it is not considered hazardous by environmental regulators, and the coal industry says it’s no worse than dirt.
Coal plans raise questions for Bellingham
Feb 23, 2011Crosscut
- The link between mines and ports is over a thousand miles of railroad, and the impact of the mile-long coal trains is beginning to create pushback along the line -- including in Bellingham, one of the cities most impacted by any additional rail traffic — tracks run directly through some of the city's most valuable property.
Protesters rally in Salt Lake City against coal-export plan
Feb 23, 2011Salt Lake Tribune
- Clean-energy backers rallied outside the Salt Lake City office of an Australian company seeking permits to build a coal-exporting terminal in Longview, Wash.
Hydrovolts, HaloSource and WaterTectonics See Big Opportunities in Water
Feb 22, 2011Xconomy Seattle
- Quite a few Seattle-area companies are tackling some ambitious projects that are all about water. I’m talking about clean drinking water, industrial water treatment, and innovative hydropower. Insights on all of that had people taking notes and asking plenty of questions at a cleantech confab Friday.
Coal port protesters gather in Kelso
Feb 22, 2011The Daily News
- Protesters dressed in black gathered on the steps of the Cowlitz County Administration Building in Kelso, carrying signs blasting Millennium as "liars." They said they were worried the terminal would provide coal for China, pollution in Longview and profits for Australia-based Millennium.
Coal exports and carbon consequences
Feb 22, 2011Sightline Daily
- When burned, 5 million tons of coal will release as much climate-changing carbon pollution as all the gasoline burned in a year by 2.6 million residents of Washington.
A Focus on Energy Efficiency Will Help Keep The U.S. Competitive, and Other Cleantech Industry Predictions for 2011
Feb 22, 2011Xconomy Seattle
- Foreign competition is rising, and U.S. consumers haven’t departed from their penny-pinching mentality of The Great Recession, and behind this double whammy the cleantech industry is feeling the squeeze. That’s one of the big impressions I came away with after polling a crop of cleantech experts from Xconomy’s network of advisors and op-ed contributors for their predictions for 2011. But take heart; there’s plenty of room for optimism, especially in the fields of energy efficiency and monitoring, where the U.S. may be leading the way to a greener future that’s much more achievable—at least in the short term—than through any form of alternative energy.
Thumbs down to GOP climate bill
Feb 18, 2011Helena Independent Record
New energy development under attack
Feb 17, 2011The Billings Gazette
- Clean, affordable, homespun energy means hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in rural communities and thousands of jobs for Montana. Unfortunately, Montana's burgeoning clean-energy economy is under attack in the state Legislature.
Wind energy a $17M boon for Sherman County, OR
Feb 17, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- Wind companies have poured more than $17 million in property taxes, fees and strategic investments into Sherman County, according to a recent assessment of wind's impact on the rural area.
Longview coal port: a big plan well hidden
Feb 17, 2011Crosscut
- New documents show that an Australian company is planning to ship much more coal to China through Longview than it acknowledged. State and local officials may have been deliberately deceived.
Stopping Washington state coal production is a no-brainer
Feb 17, 2011The Seattle Times
- Speaking as a physician dedicated to public health, phasing out coal is also smart health policy — and the right decision for Washington.
Harvard study estimates coal power has $300 to $500 billion in hidden costs
Feb 17, 2011Business Week
- A new study from Harvard University has found that when the entire life-cycle of coal is considered -- extraction, transport, processing, and combustion -- it poses significant public health and environment hazards
Legislature should stand behind clean energy development
Feb 17, 2011The Great Falls Tribune
- Clean, affordable, homespun energy means hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in rural communities and thousands of jobs for Montana. Unfortunately, Montana's burgeoning clean energy economy is under attack in the state Legislatur
Creating our own 'Sputnik Moment' for Oregon
Feb 16, 2011The Oregonian
- Now is the time for Oregon to push forward as a clean energy leader more than ever.
Encouraging renewable energy is smart economic policy
Feb 16, 2011Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon
- Most policy experts agree that a strong renewable energy policy is smart national security policy because it reduces dependence on foreign energy sources.
New poll: The public trusts EPA, loves the Clean Air Act
Feb 16, 2011Grist
- The top line is this: The public overwhelmingly supports EPA in updating Clean Air Act standards and overwhelmingly opposes congressional efforts to block EPA. When it comes to clean air, the public trusts EPA far more than Congress.
Northwest's Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant In Political Cross Hairs
Feb 16, 2011Oregon Public Broadcast
- Earlier this winter, Oregon regulators sealed a deal to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Boardman by 2020. Now the one other large coal-fired power plant in the Northwest is in the political cross hairs.
Coal costs US public up to $500 billion annually
Feb 16, 2011Treerhugger
- A new study is the first to look at the major costs of coal from extraction to combustion. Those costs come from increased health care costs, deaths and injuries that result from mining and transporting coal, and the emissions generated during the coal's combustion.
New Energy Cities workshop in Edmonds
Feb 16, 2011The Enterprise
- “Edmonds has the right events, people and timing,” said Eileen Quigley, program director of New Energy Cities. “It can serve as a shining example with innovative, bold and creative political leaders, energized residents and a business community that sees the value of the new energy economy."
Group claims Millennium misrepresented scope of coal project
Feb 15, 2011The Daily News
- Opponents of a proposed Longview coal terminal demanded Tuesday that Cowlitz County commissioners rescind a permit for its construction following allegations that Millennium Bulk Logistics may have misled officials about its plans for the facility.
New revelations heat up Longview coal port fight
Feb 15, 2011KPLU
- Previously undisclosed documents are raising questions about whether the Australian company trying to build a new coal export facility in Longview has tried to snooker local officials.
The clash over the proposed Longview coal operation
Feb 14, 2011The New York Times
- The New York Times reports that Ambre Energy mislead the public and state officials regarding the size and impact of their proposed coal terminal in Longview.
Westshore provides glimpse of Longview's potential future with coal
Feb 12, 2011The Daily News
- The prevailing winds of the Strait of Georgia usually sweep southeasterly, pushing any coal dust at the Westshore Terminals toward the sea. At times, however, the winds come from the northwest, spreading the dust onto Point Roberts.
OR lawmakers to consider school energy proposal
Feb 06, 2011Corvallis Gazette Times
- The House Education Committee will take a first look at Kitzhaber's plan to put people to work by retrofitting schools and other public buildings with modern energy-efficient technology. Supporters of his plan hope to protect the environment while helping schools save money on their energy costs.
Montana lawmakers hear from military about dangers of relying on oil, coal
Feb 05, 2011The Missoulan
- Montana legislators last week heard from an unlikely duo about how the United States must pursue renewable power and move away from fossil fuels: a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral and a Marine Corps colonel.
Military officers say fossil-fuel reliance a security, economic threat to U.S.
Feb 05, 2011The Billings Gazette
- Montana legislators last week heard from an unlikely duo about how the United States must pursue renewable power and move away from fossil fuels: A retired U.S. Navy vice-admiral and a Marine Corps colonel.
Geothermal-rich Idaho aims to remove development obstacles
Feb 03, 2011Greenwire/NY Times
- Idaho, sitting atop the nation's third-largest geothermal resource, is working to ease development restrictions on prime state-owned lands with hopes of attracting new interest and investment in what is arguably the nation's least-known renewable energy fuel.
Portland Community College partners with SolarWorld and SolarCity for massive solar-power project
Feb 03, 2011The Oregonian
- When completed later this spring, the 2,100-panel array is expected to produce 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That's enough electricity to meet the needs of 40 average-size houses.
‘We can’t be afraid of change’
Feb 03, 2011Helena Independent Record
- Retired vice admiral McGinn knows the country needs to find a solution to our dependence on fossil fuels — and he’s right on the mark in believing that it will take all the varied interests in the U.S. pulling in the same direction to get it done.
Bill by Rep. Liias would make TransAlta phase out coal by 2015
Feb 02, 2011The Olympian
- Rep. Marko Liias wants Washington to stop using coal, and he wants it to stop soon. “It frankly doesn’t fit our commitment at the state level to clean, renewable energy,” said Liias of coal-fired energy.
Award-winning scientists ask Congress to take a 'fresh look' at climate change
Feb 02, 2011E & E News
- Scientists are urging Congress to take a "fresh look" at climate change, asking lawmakers to trust mainstream climate research and give lesser weight to the claims of skeptics. "This issue is like the deficit: The longer we ignore it, the worse it's going to get," said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute
Electric cars filling up on Main Street
Jan 27, 2011Edmonds Patch
- Climate Solutions' New Energy Cities program New Energy Cities wants to help Edmonds take charge of their energy future and drive investment toward a clean, renewable, efficient energy system that generates significant local economic development.
Efficiency key to Oregon job-creation plans
Jan 27, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- A series of energy efficiency ideas that come from Gov. John Kitzhaber's office as well as Oregon Environmental Council and Climate Solutions are headed to the Oregon legislature.
Northwest company to benefit from USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program
Jan 26, 2011Reuters
- The conditional commitment enables the financing and construction of ZeaChem’s first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefinery.
Van Jones talks up green jobs
Jan 25, 2011Sustainable Business Oregon
- Hosts for the roundtable featuring Van Jones were Climate Solutions and the Oregon Environmental Council, two organizations backing energy efficiency in Oregon as a path to green jobs and better energy management.
Patterns shifting in sales to China
Jan 22, 2011The Seattle Times
- Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions gives his take on increasing trade with growing Asian economies, but in a way "that will really create better jobs on both sides of the Pacific, rather than becoming a resource colony for the dirtiest and least valuable commodities."
Greentech generated 4 of 5 largest Venture Capital deals in 2010
Jan 21, 2011
- U.S. greentech startups captured four out of the five highest grossing VC rounds of 2010, according to the MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Washington biodiesel producers push for renewable standard fix
Jan 20, 2011Sustainable Industries Journal
- The goal of growing a local biodiesel industry has proved popular enough to draw some diverse supporters to the plan, including eastern Washington farmers, and clean economy groups like Climate Solutions. Rep. Jacks said he expects support from Republicans and Democrats from both sides of the Cascades.
Green jobs growing in California
Jan 18, 2011The LA Times
- The green workforce expanded 3% from January 2008 to January 2009 -– three times the growth of overall employment around the state. Standouts include the energy-generation sector, which includes renewable-energy efforts such as wind and hydropower.
St. Louis based Arch Coal invests in Longview port
Jan 13, 2011St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- "This issue pits the short-term financial interest of Arch Coal against the strategic and economic interests of America," said K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions. "What kind of economic future awaits our kids if Asian economies do all the manufacturing and innovating and investing while we shovel their coal?"
Raging waters in Australia and Brazil product of global warming
Jan 13, 2011ABC News
- Last year tied with the warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Derek Arndt, chief of NOAA's Climate Monitoring Branch in the National Climate Data Center, said 2010 was "an exclamation point on several decades of warming."
Poll: Support for wind energy remains strong in Northwest
Jan 07, 2011KUOW
- Wind farm developers may be cheered by the results from a new public radio poll. It found broad support for wind energy among both urban and rural Northwest residents.
The burning question in Washington state
Jan 06, 2011LA Times
- Officials are considering whether to allow the U.S. West Coast's first major coal export facility. Environmentalists say it would defeat the purpose of reducing the country's coal-based emissions.
Schweitzer defends Montana coal to Washington opponents
Jan 05, 2011Billings Gazette
- Environmental groups are challenging the terminal's permitting, not only for its impact in Washington, but also for encouraging mining in Montana and Wyoming and greenhouse gases in China.
Montana plan to ship coal through Washington meets resistance
Jan 05, 2011KING 5 News
- When Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer arrived in Longview, he was met by a group hoping to derail his plan for shipping coal through Washington state.
Governors to Meet About Coal Port Project
Jan 05, 2011Flathead Beacon
- Montana's governor is heading to Washington state to discuss a new Columbia River coal port being challenged by environmentalists over greenhouse-gas concerns.
Gregoire on coal export terminal: No shortcuts
Jan 05, 2011OPB - Ecotrope
- Gregoire told Schweitzer that the state won’t take shortcuts in its review of the project
Coal terminal opponents grill Montana governor at commissioners' meeting
Jan 05, 2011The Daily News
- Nearly two dozen protestors greeted Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday morning in Kelso during his stop to promote a proposed coal terminal west of Longview.
Montana Governor presses Wash. to OK coal shipments
Jan 04, 2011KUOW
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is trying to clear the way for coal exports through the Pacific Northwest. He’s worried Washington state will block a proposed Columbia River shipping terminal for Montana and Wyoming coal.
Cutting through the hype, searching for cleantech’s trillion-dollar potential
Dec 13, 2010Xconomy - Seattle
Environmental groups appeal approval of Columbia River coal export terminal
Dec 13, 2010The Oregonian
- Environmental groups are appealing development permits issued for a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash, saying the first major coal export site on the U.S. West Coast would threaten public health and undermine state efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s Starbucks vs. Inhofe on global climate finance
Dec 05, 2010The Hill
- Companies including Starbucks and Nike say U.S. officials should take the lead in creating a global climate change fund, a move that comes as some Senate Republicans are pressing the State Department to halt climate financing for developing nations.
BETC backers plot future
Dec 03, 2010Sustainable Business Oregon
- Saving Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit program from axe-wielding legislators isn't going to be easy, but it's also not impossible.
We collaborate in our own destruction
Dec 02, 2010TheDaily Astorian
- Coal exports and tar sands extraction carry large environmental costs
BETC backers seek jobs data for campaign
Dec 02, 2010Sustainable Business Oregon
- "I've talked to hundreds and hundreds of clean energy businesses and from that kind of discussion I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears the huge impact that the BETC is making," said Lisa Adatto, Oregon director of Climate Solutions."
Group will fight to save BETC
Dec 01, 2010Daily Journal of Commerce
- Without an extension of the tax credits into 2016, clean energy companies may leave Oregon for greener pastures in other states.
Business leaders and Climate Solutions: Not your typical partnership
Dec 01, 2010Sustainable Business Oregon
- Oregon and Northwest businesses are leading the way on creating practical and profitable solutions to our climate challenges. These businesses want strong action to reduce global warming and bolster a clean economy.
The Northwest's newest export: global warming
Dec 01, 2010The Oregonian
- The green light for the first West Coast coal export facility came only days before global talks on climate change opened Monday in Cancun, Mexico. Ultimately, it's those leaders of the world's nations -- not Cowlitz commissioners -- who are responsible for shaping international accords to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.
Insurance companies have no doubts about global warming
Nov 30, 2010Marketplace - American Public Media
- Insurance companies are taking into account the potential for rising water levels and more aggressive hurricanes when considering rates.
Keeping Oregon's clean-energy economy robust
Nov 29, 2010Portland Business Journal
- "We’re creating a campaign to raise awareness about the breadth of (Oregon’s) economic investment and the vast number of jobs and the role that the state investment has played,” said Lisa Adatto, Oregon director Climate Solutions.
A national lab develops grid controls to handle renewable energy
Nov 23, 2010E&E News
- The intermittent nature of wind and solar power now make the grid operators' world more complex. The looming emergence of electric vehicles and the need for ways to store more electricity and to get electricity consumers to reduce peak demands will add still more complexities
Coal industry seeks to export through Wash. state
Nov 16, 2010Business Week - AP
- The coal industry is maneuvering to sharply ramp up its U.S. exports to Asia out of the West Coast, with the first of several potential port expansions along the Columbia River now before officials in Washington state.
Washington should not be the next coal exporter
Nov 16, 2010King 5 News
- King 5 news reports on public comment presented to the Cowlitz County commissioners on the plan to rail in five million tons of Rocky Mountain coal to a privately owned port in Longview.
Senator Jon Tester - Renewable Energy Standard a job creator in Montana
Nov 15, 2010MATR News
- "You don't have to look very far to see the jobs and economic development that come with a renewable energy standard."
Clean Air Act worth celebrating and supporting anew
Nov 15, 2010The Great Falls Tribune
- The act is 40 years old and proving every day that jobs and the environment are partners, not competitors.
Renewable Portfolio Standard crucial part of Montana’s energy and economic development
Nov 12, 2010Helena Independent Record
- The expansion of the renewable energy industry in Montana, stimulated by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), has brought significant economic growth, job creation, tax revenue and new opportunities for our communities.
Reducing oil consumption is a national security issue
Nov 11, 2010The Everett Herald
- Reducing our dependence on oil is not just a good environmental policy — it’s a good national security policy.
How the Smart Grid opportunity looks a lot like the Internet once did
Nov 08, 2010Xconomy Seattle
- The smart grid is a new technology arena that will change how Americans think about electricity. Entrepreneurs jumping into this sector give many reasons — to save the planet, save lives, or save the economy — but what attracts us most is the opportunity to leverage what we learned from the Internet revolution, to make a difference.
Cap-and-Trade May Be Wounded, But The Low Carbon Economy is Still Healthy
Nov 05, 2010Xconomy Seattle
- By Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce and co-chair of the Clean Energy Leadership Council and State Energy Strategy initiative.
Energy efficiency can create jobs
Nov 01, 2010The Oregonian
- Efficiency projects are the foundation of the Oregon economy. The success of these projects is well documented in just about every sector, in every corner of the state.
SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck sees United States as 'God's country' for green power
Oct 27, 2010The Oregonian
- Frank Asbeck's company, SolarWorld, is manufacturing full-tilt in Oregon, having invested more than $500 million into its Hillsboro factory. He predicts America will leapfrog Spain and Japan within 15 months to become the world's second-biggest solar market behind Germany.
Harnessing wind makes economic sense for Montana
Oct 27, 2010Billings Gazette
- Counties that have strong wind potential are poised to take advantage of future benefits as long as support for wind in Montana continues.
ECOtality Issues EV Blueprints for Washington
Oct 26, 2010MarketWatch
- EV Planning Documents Disclose Potential Charging Locations to Support the Opening of Seattle Stadium Nissan and the Launch of the Nissan LEAF in Seattle Area
Caring About Environment Is 'Default' Position in 3 Tight House Races in Wash
Oct 26, 2010The New York Times
- Washington jobs and government spending, rather than the environment, have dominated the dialogue in the three close U.S. House races.
Renewable energy works for Montana
Oct 21, 2010The Missoulan
- Montana's utilities need to aggressively invest in efficiency while continually ramping up the proportion of clean, renewable energy in their supply portfolios. Montana's RPS is the best tool we have to get the job done.
Meet GridMobility, a smart grid start up company in our Business Leader network
Oct 21, 2010Time Magazine
- Your home's rudimentary appliances just got a whole lot smarter thanks to the improbable meeting of two small Washington State companies that discovered that their energy-saving technologies melded perfectly.
U.N. report stresses the value of nature to world's economies
Oct 20, 2010The Washington Post
- The world has vastly underestimated the economic value of nature in developing nations, according to a report the United Nations is releasing Wednesday.
DOE offers loan guarantee to massive Oregon turbine project
Oct 11, 2010E&E Greenwire / NY Times
- The Department of Energy plans to provide a loan guarantee to the world's largest wind farm, increasing the agency's total loan guarantees or conditional commitments to almost $16 billion.
Women's view of the green energy economy
Oct 07, 2010Seattle Post Globe - KBCS Radio
- Clean energy draws women because of the sustainable opportunities for families and children: A report on Women Leading the New Energy Economy, a panel discussion hosted by Climate Solutions and the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future.
Actually, PGE Did Break the Law (And What You Can Do About It)
Oct 07, 2010Blue Oregon
- Oregonians need to let state regulators know that we won’t put up with PGE polluting illegally
Oregon's energy future: moving beyond Boardman
Oct 07, 2010The Oregonian
- On 10-10-10, hundreds of people in Portland will ride in a "Roll Against Coal" -- a bike rally calling on our leaders to shut down the Boardman coal plant. The governor has been invited to ride to demonstrate he is still a hero for Oregon's people and environment.
U.S. Military orders less dependence on fossil fuels
Oct 04, 2010The New York Times
- Even as Congress has struggled unsuccessfully to pass an energy bill and many states have put renewable energy on hold because of the recession, the military this year has pushed rapidly forward.
Battle in Pacific Northwest over 800-mile route to Canada's oil sands heats up
Sep 27, 2010SolveClimate News
- The continuing battle between industry and conservationists over Canadian oil sands development is now spilling over onto hundreds of miles of scenic waterways and highways and public forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Government needs to continue investment in a clean energy future
Sep 17, 2010The Vancouver Business Journal
- Chris Crowley, one of our Business Leaders for Climate Solutions, sees the benefits in a clean-energy future all around us.
Biomass project generates electricity, reduces emissions and charges up Josephine County economy
Sep 17, 2010Keep Oregon Cool
- The company installed an energy-efficient cogeneration facility that both produces electric power and captures waste heat for use in the operation’s lumber drying kilns. The renewable energy project qualified for Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit and Energy Trust of Oregon incentives.
Subsidies dry up for green business
Sep 14, 2010Oregon Business
- Legislators presented a doom and gloom message to Oregon green business leaders last week: The Oregon general fund continues to plummet. State subsidies, once readily offered through tax credits to green businesses, will now be more difficult to obtain.
GUEST COLUMN: On global warming: We're not alarmists — just alarmed
Sep 14, 2010The News Review - Douglas County, OR
- Our planet is also sounding alarm bells — loud and clear. And its alarm is sounding on the impact of global warming — not 10 or 20 years from now — but today. It is happening overseas and in our own country. Few people are listening and fewer still are taking the responsibility to do anything about it.
Mining companies aim to export coal to China through Northwest ports
Sep 09, 2010The Oregonian
- While Oregon works to shut its only coal-fired electricity plant and reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions, global mining companies are increasingly bullish about exporting that very same coal through Northwest ports to China.
Thriving political careers for GOP's turncoat "Cap and Tax 8"
Aug 06, 2010Solve Climate
- Both DiPeso and Beth Doglio, campaign director for the Pacific Northwest advocacy organization Climate Solutions, said Reichert was open-minded when they broached him about global warming.
Climate change: It's time to talk, and act, tough
Aug 04, 2010LA Times
- Fossil fuel is wrecking the one Earth we've got. It's not going to go away because we ask politely. If we want a world that works, we're going to have to raise our voices
Let’s have national incentives on clean energy
Jul 30, 2010Puget Sound Business Journal
- Businesses Want a Comprehensive Federal Clean Energy Bill: Policy will level the playing field and provide more predictable environment for investment
Does the weakened climate bill have a silver lining?
Jul 27, 2010The Faster Times
- “We need to move toward a comprehensive policy on climate, increase our efficiency and break the iron grip that fossil fuels have on our political process. We’re just going to keep working toward what we know needs to get done.”
Act now to lessen the economic pain of climate change
Jul 26, 2010The Wenatchee World
- Washington is renowned for its great snow and the ease of access to ski areas. Unfortunately, climate change causes earlier snow melt and less snow fall. Ski seasons are getting shorter and this will again adversely affect the tourism and recreation industries.
This is an opportunity to cut dependence on oil imports
Jul 25, 2010Tacoma News Tribune
- In the coming weeks, our elected officials in Washington can move America toward cleaner, safer energy choices. U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington have critical roles to play in leading the Senate to deliver comprehensive action on clean energy and climate.
Don’t give up on energy bill | Failure to pass bill could delay reform for years
Jul 25, 2010The Register-Guard
- Democrats should rethink this white-flag strategy, which takes hand-wringing heed of the fall elections but ignores the need to ease the nation’s addiction to oil and to start mitigating climate change.
Demand Is Growing for Clean-Energy Jobs
Jul 22, 2010The Kitsap Sun
- With our economy in the doldrums, we need to focus on jobs. And we need sustainable jobs that will not only improve our economy now, but provide long-term opportunities in the kind of community that we all want to live in.
Northwest should lead America's clean-energy revolution
Jul 05, 2010The Oregonian
- Oregon and Washington are blessed with an abundance of natural resources and are equipped with the bold vision to lead the country's energy revolution.
Business groups pressing Congress to address climate change are preparing for the summer solstice.
Jul 04, 2010E&E News/Climate Wire
- As lawmakers ponder their future, the solar power industry, outdoor recreation companies and a group called Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, or BICEP, assert that the BP oil spill should help promote alternatives to oil and moves to slash greenhouse gases.
Now's the time for an energy plan
Jun 23, 2010The East Oregonian
- How about a bold plan from our President and creation of a bi-partisan steering committee of senators and congressman to turn this tragedy into something positive. The oil industry should join in too. Most all of us would vote for that kind of political action.
Solving America’s oil vulnerability
Jun 22, 2010The Hill
- In order to start making real progress, we need an oil independence roadmap that sets aggressive, but realistic, targets for oil reduction and accompanies those targets with a comprehensive plan for meeting them.
Staying competitive in the clean energy race
Jun 21, 2010The Idaho Statesman
- As President Obama seeks ways to facilitate global economic growth at Toronto's G-20 summit he also should also reflect on how to further stimulate the growth of our own clean energy economy at home. This includes finding a way to bring together leaders in Congress to develop a comprehensive climate and energy policy.
How Montana can maximize renewable resources
Jun 21, 2010The Great Falls Tribune
- One important question now facing Montanans is how the state can leverage its renewable resources to cultivate a broader green economy that generates jobs, taxes, and investments.
Oil spills not only peril of dependence on petroleum energy
Jun 13, 2010The Seattle Times
- The tragic oil spill may have masked the actual gorilla in the room when it comes to our nation's dependence on oil. The silent threat of ocean acidification has the potential to cause long-term, catastrophic impacts far beyond even the damage of a massive spill.
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 04, 2010MSNBC
- Weyerhaeuser and Nike are joining other Northwest companies and environmental groups to urge the U.S. Senate to pass a climate and energy bill.
Poll shows support for energy bill
Jun 04, 2010The Olympian
- A poll of state voters released Thursday shows support for a Senate bill that advances clean energy and calls for a cap on greenhouse-gas emissions.
NW Businesses Back Global Warming Bill
Jun 03, 2010KPLU Radio
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business lobbies have pushed hard against the global warming bill under consideration in the Senate. But a group of Northwest companies say the measure will be good for business, and is calling on lawmakers to support it.
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010Tacoma News Tribune
- Weyerhaeuser and Nike are joining other Northwest companies and environmental groups to urge the U.S. Senate to pass a climate and energy bill.
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010KNDO/KNDU
- Weyerhaeuser and Nike are joining other Northwest companies and environmental groups to urge the U.S. Senate to pass a climate and energy bill.
Outdoor Industry Association pushes for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010RV Daily Report
- The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), which represents many of the largest outdoor recreation companies in the nation’s $730 billion outdoor recreation economy, today announced it is joining Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major American businesses pushing for passage of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the United States.
Businesses urge action on climate change and clean energy
Jun 03, 2010The Seattle Times
- In the face of the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Senate must pass a clean energy and climate change bill now. That urgent call today came not from the usual environmental advocates but from business leaders who see their economic landscape eroding along with the melting glaciers without some immediate action.
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010Statesman Journal
- Representatives from the companies spoke during a teleconference today organized by Climate Solutions, an environmental advocacy group that says hundreds of Northwest businesses support the legislation.
Nike, Weyerhaeuser, Outdoor Industry Assn. Join NW Business; Urge Action on Climate Bills
Jun 03, 2010Sun Valley Online
- Leaders representing the breadth of Northwest businesses, from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho will express their strong support for immediate action on comprehensive clean energy and climate policy during a during a phone based news conference at* 11:00 AM. PDT on Thursday, June 3, 2010.
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010My Northwest - KIRO FM
Nike, Weyerhaeuser push for Senate passage of climate and energy bill
Jun 03, 2010The Republic
NW businesses push for climate legislation
Jun 03, 2010The Seattle PI
Northwest businesses call for Senate action on climate change
Jun 03, 2010Oregon Business Journal
- Climate Solutions gathered a handful of Northwest employers, including Nike Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Co., on Thursday to call for U.S. Senate action on climate legislation.
Northwest Businesses Seek Legislation On Clean Energy, Climate
Jun 02, 2010Oregon Public Radio
- Hundreds of businesses across the Pacific Northwest are expected to come together Thursday to call for immediate legislative action on both clean energy and the climate. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.
County energy consultant sees jobs if Congress acts soon
Jun 02, 2010The Bellingham Herald
- Entrepreneurs are already capitalizing on clean-energy opportunities - the fastest growing sector in global investment - creating jobs building globally competitive industries.
Spill brings more urgency
May 30, 2010The Everett Herald
- Backers of a comprehensive climate and energy bill have focused their gaze on Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who helped write the bill introduced this month by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
An American Green Hero…Van Jones in Seattle!
May 27, 2010eco-maven
- Van Jones did not disappoint as the keynote at the Climate Solutions 2nd Annual Fundraiser breakfast in Seattle this morning. He evoked the oil spill disaster in the Gulf as a learning opportunity and catalyst for moving us away from fossil fuels and towards a national climate policy.
Former White House advisor: BP oil spill 'a criminal act'
May 27, 2010The Seattle PI
- Van Jones was in town to headline a Climate Solutions breakfast sponsored by Boeing, Vulcan, Microsoft, Starbucks, K & L Gates and other luminaries of local business and corporate law.
BP will get bailed out — by all of us
May 16, 2010The Everett Herald
- Until Americans are shocked into realizing there is an energy crisis, most of us will continue to do nothing. You can witness that complacency every day along America’s freeways, airports and cities, where our behavior gives no hint of a looming energy crisis.
Shell faces final hurdles for 2010 Arctic drilling
May 14, 2010Atlanta Journal Commerce
- Shell Oil won a court victory in its quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters this summer but still faces several regulatory hurdles, a company spokesman said.
State's senators urge reinstating drill ban: Conservationists: Gulf is impetus to wean U.S. off oil
May 14, 2010iStockAnalysis
- Several West Coast senators, including Washington Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, introduced legislation Thursday to permanently ban offshore drilling in all federal waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
NW fishermen say "Don't let an oil spill happen here"
May 14, 2010KPLU
- Several Northwest fishermen say they're having deja vu watching the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those who felt the impact of the Exxon Valdez spill more than 20 years ago say it's crucial not to allow a similar disaster here.
Does the Climate Bill Have a Shot?
May 14, 2010The Faster Times
- In the aftermath of the Gulf spill, the climate draft bill that Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) introduced in the Senate yesterday faces an uphill battle to secure 60 votes.
West Coast lawmakers band together to request drilling ban
May 14, 2010Washington News Service
- Both Washington senators have joined colleagues from Oregon and California to introduce a bill to permanently ban oil drilling off the West coast.
West Coast senators propose offshore drilling ban
May 13, 2010King 5 News
- Senators from California, Oregon and Washington have launched legislation to ban oil drilling off the West Coast. The measure would amend an existing act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, to permanently ban drilling off of the three states.
Senators push bill to ban drilling off West Coast
May 13, 2010The Olympian
- Several West Coast senators, including Washington Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, introduced legislation today to permanently ban offshore drilling in all federal waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
Fishing industry holds teleconference on offshore drilling
May 13, 2010KTUU
- Representatives from the fishing industry discussed some of the problems with offshore drilling during a teleconference Thursday.
Shell faces final hurdles for 2010 Arctic drilling
May 13, 2010Tacoma News Tribune
- Shell Oil won a court victory in its quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters this summer but still faces several regulatory hurdles, a company spokesman said.
Ban oil drilling off West Coast, senators say
May 13, 2010The Seattle PI
- After watching the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, U.S. senators from Washington, Oregon and California on Thursday introduced legislation to permanently prohibit offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf off the three West Coast states.
Gulf spill exposing cracks in oil industry
May 13, 2010The Seattle PI
- With oil industry nabobs shifting blame, and a blowout preventer with a dead battery in its control pod, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is assuming aspects of low farce as well as large disaster.
Turn disaster into progress
May 02, 2010Everett Herald
- As with the destruction caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska 21 years ago, it’s impossible to watch today’s heartbreaking images of oil defiling the shores of Louisiana without some anger. And if we’re to be honest with ourselves, much of it should be directed inward. Our modern lifestyles, and the economy that supports them, depend on extracting fossil fuels from the earth. “Drill, baby, drill” is a catchy slogan, but the risk that comes with it runs deep.
Federal rules aim to clamp down on car exhaust
Apr 02, 2010
- The Obama administration approved new rules Thursday that ramp up fuel economy in cars and crack down on global-warming pollution in vehicle exhaust.
Obama proposes rebates for energy-saving home improvements
Mar 02, 2010Washington Post
- President Obama detailed Tuesday his plan to offer government rebates for home retrofitting, saying the measure would both create jobs and save energy.
Baucus, Tester prepare to take up legislation to cap greenhouse gases
Feb 14, 2010The Missoulan
- Montana's U.S. senators are preparing to dive in on another big national issue - climate change and energy legislation - but it appears they're facing a divided state electorate on the subject.
Ask citizens to help boost job creation through a Jobs Act bond measure
Jan 25, 2010The Seattle Times
- The Jobs Act is a bond measure for $850 million in projects around the state. This money will pay for needed repairs — such as replacing the roof on an elementary school. Then the school can undertake energy-efficiency work, such as installing better insulation and heat pumps, that will pay for itself in energy savings. So with an investment of $850 million from the state, taxpayers get $2.5 billion worth of projects — and save $190 million a year in lower electricity bills.
Muzzle Murkowski, let EPA do its job
Jan 24, 2010Seattle Times
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, revived an old routine from the Bush administration that even the U.S. Supreme Court found pointless and irritating. She wants legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
The case for a climate bill
Jan 23, 2010The New York Times
- President Obama can start to prove conventional wisdom wrong by making a full-throated case for a climate bill in his State of the Union speech this week.
Green jobs, not green tasks
Jan 14, 2010The Seattle Times
- Federal and state investments in green jobs look ahead to future employment and future skills.
City Club Missoula speakers detail greenhouse gas cap systems
Jan 11, 2010
- The key to decreasing carbon emissions is a cap on pollution, Keegan Eisenstadt told Monday's City Club Missoula forum. "The answer is weaning ourselves off our addiction to fossil fuels," said Eisenstadt, the chief executive officer of ClearSky Climate Solutions. "We need a binding cap that slowly decreases over time."
UM's Running says expect shorter winters, more forest infestations with climate change
Jan 08, 2010The Missoulan
- Winters in the northern Rocky Mountains will shorten and the region's forests will become more susceptible to insect infestation and severe forest fires as a result of climate change over the next century, according to a recently released study.
Three Oregon clean energy projects land $87 million in federal tax credits
Jan 08, 2010The Oregonian
- Three clean-tech companies with Oregon operations, or plans for one, captured $87 million in tax credits Friday as the White House announced $2.3 billion in credits to help create jobs.
Growing new jobs in a greener world
Jan 06, 2010The Oregonian
- Even in the midst of this recession, research indicates that clean-energy jobs are poised for significant growth. In fact, according to a recent study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, employment opportunities in Oregon's clean-energy economy increased at a rate of 50.7 percent, while total jobs grew by only 7.5 percent overall between 1998 and 2007.
Montana laborers to receive better training for new energy jobs
Jan 06, 2010Office of US Senator Jon Tester
- A Montana organization will be better equipped to train skilled laborers for new jobs in Montana’s emerging renewable energy industry, thanks to a grant announced today by Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
Olympic College lands a grant to train home energy auditors
Jan 06, 2010Kitsap Sun
- Nearly 500 people in five Western Washington counties, including Kitsap, will be trained to conduct energy audits and weatherize homes and businesses under a $3.9 million federal grant announced Wednesday.
Kitsap to share in federal money for green jobs
Jan 06, 2010The Kitsap Sun
- Washington state is receiving $13.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to train people for green jobs. The Washington money includes $3.9 million for an energy training partnership in Kitsap, King, Snohomish, Pierce and Clallam counties
Enviro group plans Senate call-in on climate bill
Jan 06, 2010Greenwire via The New York Times
It’s time to build our clean economy
Dec 26, 2009Everett Herald
- The world met in Copenhagen this month to cool down our climate. Now it’s our job to heat up our economy and secure our energy future with solutions to global warming — solutions like the ones we’re pioneering right here in Snohomish County and surrounding areas. We need action from Congress to accelerate these solutions.
Off to the Races
Dec 20, 2009New York Times
- NYTimes Op-Ed columnist Tom Friedman on how the US can win the global race to create clean energy jobs & businesses
Montanans in Copenhagen: Eyes of the world focused on U.S. Senate’s action on climate change
Dec 16, 2009Billings Gazette
- As the world haggles in Copenhagen over international agreements to slow global warming, there is intense interest in the U.S. Senate’s pending action on climate-change policy, Montanans attending the Copenhagen conference said Wednesday.
Promote enlightened self-interest at the climate talks
Dec 15, 2009Seattle Times
Climate pact needs Obama’s salesmanship
Dec 13, 2009The News Tribune
Church bells to toll today to call attention to global warming
Dec 13, 2009Eugene Register-Guard
- No, the historic chimes at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the heart of Eugene are not malfunctioning and the bell ringers at First United Methodist Church haven’t gone bonkers. We are tolling 350 times this morning to call attention to the 350 Campaign (www.350.org), a worldwide effort to reduce CO2 emissions until the atmosphere returns to a sustainable level of 350 parts per million (ppm).
A warm climate for our most vulnerable
Dec 11, 2009The Oregonian
- Over the years, I've witnessed our state blaze a trail toward sustainability, from the landmark bottle bill to visionary land-use planning. True sustainability must recognize that taking care of the planet and its people is one and the same goal. That should be our guiding principle as we confront the threat posed by global warming.
Seattle's leadership on reducing carbon emissions and what comes next
Dec 11, 2009Seattle Times
- Sunday, I will arrive in Copenhagen, leading the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the next round of international negotiations on climate change. It's a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished here, and what we must continue. The bottom line: Despite the haggling and setbacks, the world will continue to take steps to address climate change. And cities that embrace change early will develop a competitive advantage in the global economy against those that don't.
EDITORIAL: A countdown in Denmark
Dec 10, 2009Register-Guard
- Industrialized and developing countries have been at odds over how to fight global warming for years, making unrealistic demands of each other and seizing on their differences as justification for avoiding their own responsibilities. But the Copenhagen summit provides an opportunity to bridge that gap and produce the framework for a fair and effective deal — and just as important, a timetable for turning it into a treaty.
EPA uses its power on climate change, finally
Dec 08, 2009Seattle Times
- The Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that greenhouse-gas emissions are a public health hazard is part of an orderly regulatory process that sets the stage for action. Congress has the power, and legislation before it, that can direct what happens next.
The heat is on in Copenhagen
Dec 06, 2009The Oregonian
- It's vital that over the next two weeks all the scientists and world leaders who gather in Copenhagen talk not only among themselves, but also raise their voices and speak strongly about these issues to people around the world
Oregon vies for green dollars
Apr 03, 2009OregonPortland Business Journal
- There’s about $71 billion for investments in clean energy and energy efficiency within the massive federal stimulus bill. Climate Solutions, a nonprofit based in Olympia, Wash., estimates the Pacific Northwest could snag as much as $9.2 billion of that money.