Letter to the Editor: Climate Assembly as Cooperative Example

Peninsula Daily News | January 19, 2021 Democracy depends on our ability to cooperate.As the nation confronts an ugly national divide, we must remember that the only way forward is together, and as hard as that way might seem right now, it starts with people talking and listening to one another.Here in Washington, residents from …

An Open Letter about Soil and Carbon

An open letter from former Clallam County resident Don Wilkin, now living in the Midwest Dear Colleagues, The urgency that moved me to start the EAT FOR GOOD food and farming network a few years back is coming to a head. The perfect storm of global climate change, soil deterioration, fossil fuel depletion, deforestation, and …

How do you become an Intersectionalist?

It starts within each of our guts, hearts, minds and souls.  It is the "White Supremacy, Colonialist, Industrialist, Militaristic, Mysoginistic, Zenophobic, Capitalist, Consumerist, Patriarchal, Power-Over"  STORY.  Each of us has to take an unsparing look into our own "frameworks" of basic beliefs and HOW THESE FEED INTO SUPPORTING the systems we have all come to …

More about the complex history of our past economic recoveries

Although COVID-19 emerged as a new challenge, the disproportionate impacts of crises such as COVID-19 on black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are not new. Rather, disproportionate health and economic impacts on BIPOC communities directly correlate to a history of structural and institutional racism. From housing segregation to community disinvestment to the criminalization of …

Water Column: Resetting the rules

by Ann Soule | Wednesday, July 8, 2020 -- Sequim Gazzette If you’re into games of intricate strategy and tales of suspense and mystery, you’d probably enjoy water law. You just have to be extraordinarily patient for the solution. I attended an online workshop about the future of water banking and water trusts in our …

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness;

A Short List of People in America Who Were Not Freed in 1776 By Arleen Jenson (“Jenson,” They/Them)Farm Manager and Co-Owner, SisterLand Farms Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in particular, but has become a holiday celebrating American freedom in general; complete with patriotic merchandise, eating outdoors, the wearing of nationalist symbols, …

Greta Thunberg: Humanity has not yet failed

Sommar & Vinter i P1 | Jun 20 - 75 min. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Spotify URL - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Episode Description Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to do more. Doing our best is no longer good enough. We must now do the seemingly impossible, Thunberg says in the Swedish Radio show Summer on P1 where she …

An Expose of the Environmental Movement

It is empowering to see how many people in Washington state are taking time in this moment to stand up for racial justice. Many of you have reached out to ask how the environmental community can show up right now and what our role is in the fight against institutional racism. At WCV, we believe …

A Novel Approach to Climate Action at the State Level

By Cindy Jayne An effort is afoot to bring an ancient Athenian democratic process to Washington State – a Citizen’s Assembly, where a representative group of randomly chosen Washington State residents would come together to make recommendations on how the state could address climate change. Citizen Assemblies have been happening all across the world to …


By Climate Reality leader William Tucker - 5/5/2020 Maybe not gold, but definitely silver! We frequently hear those climate activists who are skeptical of carbon fee and dividend legislation (see, e.g., The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763) dismiss it as not a “silver bullet.”  What is meant by this seemingly pejorative comment …

The “new approach” for our leaders

Ed and others,Hope you are all having a nice day!The "new approach" is for our leaders, elected and agencies, to realize that immediate action is required to save salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), and Bonneville Power Authority (BPA).  Collaboration needs to be about rounding up some of these leaders and to agree and how …

Jubilee — A way forward with deep, ancient roots

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, the global price of oil hit minus zero and headlines are declaring the end of the economy as we know it.  And, sorry, but I don’t want to go back to normal. I want to go forward, toward a better …

For a healthy planet, we need a healthy body politic

Crises have a way of laying bare some home truths.Letter from OCA chair Ed Chadd: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-healthy-body-politic/

Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now 4/10/20

Amy Goodman interviews Noam Chomsky “[Climate change] is a far more serious threat than the coronavirus, [which] is bad and serious, but we’ll recover somehow. We’re not going to recover from the melting of the polar ice sheets. . . .  Just recently, there was a very interesting leak, a memo from JPMorgan Chase, America’s …

Subaru: Stop Helping the Trump Administration Make Cars Less Efficient

Updated with NEW Letters The Union of Concerned Scientists (Winter 2020) reports that Subaru is in a group of automakers trying to fight California's right to keep a higher emission/efficiency standard while the Trump administration is rolling back the national standards. OCA member Janis Burger is a Subaru owner and she's written a letter to …

COVID-19, Capitalism, and Climate Disruption

How will the coronavirus change perceptions of climate change By Krestine Reed I’ve become interested in how COVID-19 sequestration (a.k.a. social distancing and shelter-in-place) may effect GHG and other factors contributing to climate change. There is much being written that acknowledges just how little time is required to make a significant visible and measurable change. …

OCA announces climate platform for 2020

It's time for all good folks to come to the aid of their land, their water, their air, and all beings that call this rock home. At our Ground Hog Day 2020 meeting, OCA announced that we will not abide any more years of climate inaction and adopted this set of principles as our 2020 …

A Thanksgiving Call for Climate Action

By Mark Dunlea, Green Education and Legal Fund Accelerating climate change will likely cause the collapse of civilization. Sooner rather than later. Civilization is a complex web of social and economic interactions that takes centuries to reach its peak, but once it begins to unravel, collapse often occurs swiftly. Prior collapses of human societies have …

DNR: Adopt a forest carbon policy

By consensus at our Oct. 6 meeting, OCA has sent the following letter to the State Board of Natural Resources and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gShz1QaPB3YwDD97ElLv5L9Yk48SeQa4/view?usp=sharing Excerpt: The Washington State Public Lands Commissioner has a legal obligation to investigate and consider all reasonable, foreseeable mitigation and adaptation measures related to climate change. The DNR …

“How dare you?”

Right here, right now is where we draw the line, The world is waking, and change is coming whether you like it or not.Greta Thunberg, speaking before the United Nations, 9/23/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9KxE4Kv9A8

The terrible truth, in one graph

2050 is a generation too late. That would be unforgivable, and very likely utterly catastrophic. Extinction Rebellion: "The Emergency" If you let this graph sink in, you'll understand why so many are turning out in the streets to demand a halt to business as usual and the most massive turnaround of the world's economy we've …

September 20th


Leviathans in the Harbor

More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide? by Brian Payton , August 27, 2019, Hakai Magazine 'Knoll Lowney, the lawyer representing the three plaintiffs who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations, said, “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the …

DNC votes down a Climate Debate

Today the DNC voted down holding a climate debate. Evan Weber of the Sunrise Movement was in the room and live tweeted the conversation. The link below is that thread. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1165334843221168128.html

We need a green new deal

 At our general meeting of 8/4/2019, OCA members in attendance adopted by consensus this statement in support of the concept of a green new deal. We have little time to waste and urge immediate action at all levels, but most particularly at the federal level, which will ultimately be necessary if we're to avoid unimaginable …

El Paso Terrorism Suspect’s Alleged Manifesto Highlights Eco-Fascism’s Revival

By Alexander C. Kaufman in HuffPost 08/04/2019 01:46 pm ET 'The racist rant inveighs against environmental destruction and calls for mass killings to make the American “way of life” more “sustainable.” It’s not unique.'

Wait, 40 percent of white evangelicals support the Green New Deal?

By Kate Yoder on Jul 29, 2019 in Grist 'In the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent of white evangelical Christians votedto elect President Trump. But this core base of the Republican Party, despite Fox News’ efforts, is more receptive to large-scale action to combat climate change than you might expect.'

Big Cruise Ships in the Salish Sea

This topic keeps coming up from people in every nook of the Salish Sea. Should we be talking about banning these ships from our waters? Twitter thread on cruise ships

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal to Joe Biden's climate plan Eliza Relman & Walt Hickey 'Democratic primary voters much prefer the more ambitious plans to fight climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over former Vice President Joe Biden's relatively less aggressive proposal, according to …

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal Ross Macfarlane 'I am talking to my peeps: those of us who get the science, care deeply about the environment and the need for climate action, and are filled with both disgust and determination at …

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle.

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle. Stop obsessing over your environmental “sins.” Fight the oil and gas industry instead. By Mary Annaise Heglar Updated Jun 4, 2019, 9:33am EDT 'When people come to me and confess their green sins, as if I were some sort of eco-nun, I want …

DNC silences climate debate

DNC tells Inslee it won't host climate debate DNC won't host a climate debate, and if another org holds one any candidate who participates can't be in DNC debates. I can only assume they haven't read this: New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Starting in 2050

Leah Stokes on Biden’s Climate plan

Leah Stokes is a professor of PoliSci Prof at UCSB wrote this assessment of Biden's Climate plan. 

Where is your 2020 candidate on Climate?

Where is your 2020 candidate on climate? Greenpeace has analyzed public record, actions, and responses to their climate survey and used the results to grade the candidates.

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright)

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright) 39 minute podcast about the Green New Deal talking to Rhiana Gunn-Wright who was a policy lead in developing the deal. "I think it's also about being able to bring these issues to the places where people are actually encountering them in the ways they actually …

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’ Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Fri 17 May 2019 05.39 EDT

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt More than a campaign document, it’s an instruction manual. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com May 18, 2019, 10:00am EDT

Principles in Climate Justice

By Mike Mallory, Sierra Club Sno-Isle Group and Climate Reality Snohomish County Chapter From The Sierra Club, Washington State Chapter Journal - "The Crest" Volume 38, Issue 1 After Mike Mallory and his wife Marilyn retired, they knew they wanted to spend some of their time giving back to the world and they wanted to …

Tokitae in Miami Seaquarium

By Emi Okikawa, Digital Communications Fellow From The Sierra Club, Washington State Chapter Journal - "The Crest" Volume 38, Issue 1 The Story of Tokitae Three thousand miles away from Seattle,a lone Southern Resident orca swims in a tank. To visitors at Miami Seaquariumher name is “Lolita,” but to the Lummi Nation she is Tokitae. …

Deep decarbonization: How? Who?

LEGAL PATHWAYS TO DEEP DECARBONIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES: SUMMARY & KEY RECOMMENDATIONS Deep decarbonization pathways summary This is a summary of a larger report by the Environmental Law Institute, posing the question of what laws & policies could lead to an 80% reduction (or more) of net greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. There are short …

The Three Causes of the World’s Four Big Problems

Deep Transformation, or What London’s Climate Change Protests Teach Us About the Future umair haqueApr 22 - from Medium.com It was a perfect spring day. I was trying to get home to Camden Lock from Oxford Circus, after meeting a few friends for coffee downtown. A siren’s blare cut through the noisy crowds. Soon enough, police …


FIRST PERSON THIS LAND IS NOT YOUR LAND. OR MINE. By Mary Annaïse Heglar "The iconic folk song has become an anthem for the predominantly white environmental movement. But can a colonized nation built on the backs of slaves ever really make that claim?" https://www.damemagazine.com/2019/04/16/this-land-is-not-your-land-or-mine/

Glaciers and Arctic ice are vanishing. Time to get radical before it’s too late – Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben -- Wed 10 Apr 2019 06.00 EDT No one should be annoyed when schoolkids start leaving class en masse or surprised that Green New Deal advocates call for dramatic overhaul of American society. We should be grateful. @billmckibben 'The respectable have punted; so now it’s up to the scruffy, the young, the marginal, the …

Climate and America’s endangered rivers


“Falter”: In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out

All three parts of the interview can be accessed from this page link. Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they’ll stay in the streets for at …

Locals speak out about orcas & LSRDs

"Injustice to the natural world" Kilmer is backwards on science vs. politics & the LSRDs Snake River dam breaching would be a simple affair "Look to our souls" for the courage to do what's right

How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating the Climate Crisis

Author: Brian Merchant Source: Gizmodo 'These deals, many of which were made just last year, at what may be the height of public awareness of the threats posed by climate change, are explicitly aimed at streamlining, improving, and rendering oil and gas extraction operations more profitable.' Full Article: How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating …

Breach the LSRDs now. Not next year. Now.

At the direction of our membership at our February 3 meeting, OCA sent letters to Governor Inslee, our District 24 State Representatives, and Rep. Derek Kilmer about both the necessity and feasibility of breaching the lower 4 Snake River Dams this year. Nothing would prevent this from happening if we recognized the true dire straits …

“What matters is am I doing the right thing?”

“It’s so easy to look at the big picture and get completely disheartened. … What we need to remember is what is my own personal moral obligation. When I wake up each day thinking about what I might do from that perspective … when I come at it from a deep sense of moral obligation, …

Fantastic Thread On a Green New Deal

Rhiana Gunn-Wright addresses the question of whether the GND is simply a "Progressive laundry list". https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048679667924993 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048685841879040 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048689088282624 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048692204724225 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048695300046848 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048698596818944 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048701549551616 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048704963710976 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094049076885315585

Green New Deal reality check

From: Post Carbon Institute <newsletter@postcarbon.org> COULD A GREEN DEAL SAVE CIVILIZATION?by Richard HeinbergIs there a set of policies that could actually avert climate catastrophe while saving civilization? Yes, at least in principle.  READ MORE 

Voice from time immemorial

This "letter from an orca" was published in today's Seattle Times, with a thought-provoking twist at the end: https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/orcas-and-a-way-of-life/    

Dr. Guenther Twitter Thread

On talking about climate change https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089899109509672965 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089900347433328647 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089901090898878464 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089902486159278080 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089903691795218432 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089904734339846144 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089906253793501186 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089907595652067328 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089908959631343618

Greta Thunberg in Davos

https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1088440150630285312 and this https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1088876447035523073

Climate action now must focus on the global rich and their corporations

Climate action must now focus on the global rich and their corporations December 17, 2018 11.07am EST

Conservation International Presents

Nature is Speaking Featuring short films personifying Nature, narrated by folks we know well. JOAN CHEN is SkyPENELOPE CRUZ is WaterHARRISON FORD is OceanLIAM NEESON is IceEDWARD NORTON is SoilLUPITA NYONG´O is FlowerLEE PACE is MountainROBERT REDFORD is RedwoodJULIA ROBERTS is Mother NatureIAN SOMERHALDER is Coral ReefREESE WITHERSPOON is HomeSHAILENE WOODLEY is Forest

Greta Thunberg’s speech

You should watch Greta Thunberg's speech to the UN plenary session at COP24 if you haven't seen it yet. Or if you have, watch it again. It is that powerful.  

Shell Oil Executive Boasts that His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement.

Kate Aronoff with one of the most important pieces you will read this year. https://theintercept.com/2018/12/08/shell-oil-executive-boasts-that-his-company-influenced-the-paris-agreement/

National Climate Assessment

This past Friday government released the 4th National Climate Assessment, clearly they were hoping people would be too busy with post Thanksgiving madness to notice. It is a stark report of how climate change is already impacting life in the US and how it will continue to get worse, and much much more expensive, if we don't …

OCA members have their say

Now that most of the dust has cleared on the 2018 election, OCA members should be acknowledged for having their say about climate in the public sphere. In these fractured times, there's a need for citizens to state plain truths out loud, and OCA members are to be congratulated for stepping up to the democratic …

One more chance for WA’s “Green Wave”

...with inaction at the federal level, maybe a single state paving the way is our best hope for catalyzing broader action. Someone needs to lead. With lessons learned from this most recent failure, and more Democratic seats picked up in the state legislature — offering a firmer legislative route to passing a carbon tax — Inslee …

Just an environmental issue? Not!

Where will we find the political will to do what we know needs to be done in the time we have? Here's an essay in the Sequim Gazette by OCA board member Ann Soule, who also serves as Resource Manager for the City of Sequim: In our small corner of the globe, the biggest threats …

Shared sacrifices of the past show way forward on climate

Remembrance Day Shared sacrifices of the past show way forward on climate Remember the extraordinary resolve our society showed the last time it faced an existential threat Opinion by Robert Green RicochetNOVEMBER 10, 2018 

1631 opponents: Make good on your word

"Opponents argued a better proposal was needed. They must now stand by their word in calling for a better proposal." Note from the chart below that Jefferson and Clallam Counties generated some of the highest percentages of Yes votes on 1631! Kudos to all who helped spread the word about the need for substantive, immediate …

Their future is in our hands

Please pay attention...please get involved in this most important decision-time for this nation...please get everyone you know to do the same. A plea from our kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89Jhj3MX1WU And a plea from our brothers and sisters under the sea: http://forthewild.world/listen/kurt-russo-on-the-people-under-the-sea91 https://omtimes.com/2018/08/tahlequah-grief-animal-kingdom/

R.I.P. Oil, Coal and Gas

The Midterms Have the Power to Usher in an Era of Climate Action Trump and the fossil fuel lobby can stall for time. But change is coming faster than you think. ALEX STEFFEN

Who is the “we” in “We are causing climate change”?

(Hint: If you're reading this, probably not you!) By Genevieve Guenther in Grist Oct 13, 2018  

First American PAC promotes I-1631

First ad features Quinault Tribe executive director The first commercial produced by the First American Project PAC, a coalition of Washington's Tribes and allies, stands in support of I-1631. This unedited, long-form commercial features President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Tribe. Multiple other leaders will be featured in the next two weeks in ads. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqqAyli6A8&feature=youtu.be

White House response to IPCC climate report: “Lalalalala”

"This disaster is going to be as bad—as very, very bad—as we make it." From Elizabeth Kolbert at the New Yorker: What Is Donald Trump’s Response to the U.N.’s Dire Climate Report? The U.N.’s scientific advisory board sounds a piercing alarm on climate change, but the President doesn’t seem to hear it. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/22/what-is-donald-trumps-response-to-the-uns-dire-climate-report More New …

Clallam PUD’s opposition to I-1631: What part of “Utility” don’t you understand?

Clallam PUD Sides with Petroleum Industry in Opposition to Carbon Initiative by Andy Cochrane, President, Power Trip Energy | Oct 3, 2018 The Clallam PUD board of commissioners has taken the step of publicly opposing Initiative 1631, citing increased operating costs and higher gasoline prices as reasons for opposition.  Clallam County PUD officials say the carbon fee initiative …

The laws of thermodynamics…beyond the power of the veto

One might say the melting is like weeping, glacial tears upon the cheek of the sea. Our lament is an embarrassment; no excuse can set us free. Memories of ancient times slipping through our grasp; what once we thought forever has now become the past. --OCA member Brian Grad

Rise for Orca and Climate Justice

* Part of a National day of observance sponsored by 350.org. Prelude to the Global Climate Summit being held in San Francisco September 12-14 * Beach Party, meet and greet, potluck/picnic * Kids activities all day long * Story telling and music * Orca Vigil * Kayaktavists Invocation ceremony asking protection for our waters and …

Confessions of a Monkeywrencher

Leonard Higgins explains why he broke the law to protect the climate "My hope is that more and more of us, including this court, will see and feel the emergency and pull together to demand immediate changes to reduce our carbon emissions and the other responses needed to avoid the worst." Leonard Higgins gave the following …

A Plea for Initiative 1631

by volunteer Don Steinke, with the Washington State Sierra Club: Can We Save Civilization As We Know It? A Plea for Initiative 1631 We’ve waited thirty years for Congress to act on global warming. We’ve waited enough. Some scholars are saying it is too late to save civilization as we know it, but I believe …

A climate game of chance–literally

Developed by the Thurston County Regional Planning Council: http://www.trpc.org/844/Resilience-Road---Board-Game

Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary to dissolve our dependence on fuels that have driven so much human development, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to the dissolution. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, …

We’re in deep

Even conservative pathways to capping rising temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius suggest industrialized nations should start reigning in carbon emissions by 10 percent each year before zeroing them out entirely by mid-century; even that scenario assumes we’ll be able to deploy so-called negative emissions technology at a global scale, despite the fact that those technologies remain untested …

Should Houston sue the oil companies?

Should the oil capital of the world take oil companies to court?  

Opinion: Clallam PUD should encourage sun power

"We have three (Clallam PUD) districts and three commissioners elected to that office. In the case of Clallam County, they are elected for six years. That is a long time to hold a public office. It is enough time to become complacent, to not rock the boat, to not stay abreast of the times, to …

Clallam County considers climate action

At their work session on 2/12/18, the Board of Clallam County Commissioners discussed a resolution proposed by Commissioner Mark Ozias for Clallam County to take further steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Clallam County residents are urged to communicate with their Commissioners about this resolution. Public comment of a general nature is taken …

Opinion: Monetized foreign policy leads to climate change

From OCA member Bob Vreeland: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-monetized-foreign-policy-leads-to-climate-change/

Block the Gates – “No LNG in 253″

OCA members participate in the Lock-Down demonstration at the Port of Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas terminal construction site on December 18, 2017. By OCA member Michael Clemens On Sunday the 17th and Monday the 18th, the Puyallup Tribe sponsored a protest of the unpermitted LNG terminal in the Port of Tacoma. 350.org and many other …

Columbia Generation Station

At the last OCA meeting, Phil Lusk gave a talk about the costly electricity we buy from the Columbia Generating Station (CGS), a nuclear power plant located near Richland WA. Phil’s analysis indicates that this nuclear-energy facility, owned and operated by Energy Northwest, is subsidized heavily, to the tune of $1.64 billion by 2028. Phil …

Will Humanity Survive the Next 50 Years Of Climate Change?

Dr. Veerabhaadran Ramanathan (Distinguished Professor-Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, UC San Diego & UNESCO Professor Of Climate & Policy, TERI University, New Delhi, India) discusses the possibility that climate change could lead to human extinction in the next 50 years. What can we do to fight global climate change before it gets too late?

50 inches of Harvey

This Harvey was no six-foot invisible rabbit.  This Harvey dropped four-feet-two-inches of rain on millions of Texans in less than a week. When that many inches of rain land in your community in one storm, you can bet on a flood of tragic proportions. In Texas, 1 million people evacuated and hundreds of thousands are …

More Tanker Traffic in the Strait?

In a letter to the editors of Peninsula Daily News, November 6, 2017, Brian Grad wrote: Oil tankers have delivered North Slope crude for decades through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and although that history hasn’t been spill-free, we’ve come to accept that traffic, governed by federal law, as an acceptable risk. Would it …

Think about it: heating up?

Column in the Sequim Gazette by local columnist Bertha Cooper: http://www.sequimgazette.com/opinion/think-about-it-heating-up/

Personal Consumption Choices and Capitalism

Personal Consumption Choices alone Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism itself. To stave off disaster, we must transform the economic system driving climate change. By Kate Aronoff

State & local leaders: It’s time to commit

Bill McKibben writes in the latest Rolling Stone magazine: How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change In the wake of Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, how serious are your elected leaders about fighting back?

Trump’s “low-energy” thinking on energy


Oppose Kinder-Morgan pipeline to protect our water and climate

Letter to the editor from OCA member Lisa Dekker: "Here in our waterway, ecological and economic interests are one and the same, and this pipeline project absolutely must be stopped." http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-evidence-of-fossil-fuel-industrys-desperation/

While Feds fail, locals step up

President Trump's withdrawal from our country's commitment to the Paris climate accord has engendered both dismay and determination around the globe, and here on the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Climate Action has joined that chorus.  Around the country, groups are now calling for their state and local governments to fill in the void of federal leadership by …

On Paris accords, remember first-world nations had head start on exploiting fossil fuels

Letter to Peninsula Daily News from OCA member Bill Marsh of Port Angeles: When President Donald Trump told us June 1 of his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, he referred to how China and India were less limited by it than the U.S. Our president conveniently seemed to forget that …

Climate activists & Peninsula officials react to Trump’s pullout from Paris

This Peninsula Daily News story in the wake of Donald Trump's announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord includes reactions from OCA members, the Local 20/20 sustainability group in Port Townsend, and officials from Clallam County and the Jamestown S'Klallam, Quileute, and Quinault Tribes: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/peninsula-reacts-to-trumps-decision-to-pull-u-s-from-paris-climate-accord/

Pushback from cities, CEOs

187 leaders of cities around the country representing more than 50 million Americans have signed a pledge to stand by the Paris Accord Major company CEOs voice criticism of DT action