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Ten Ways to Write a Better Letter To The Editor

A good letter to the newspaper can work wonders for climate action, influencing leaders in government or business you may have trouble reaching otherwise, and educating lots of local readers as well.

However, any letter published must compete for attention …

On Biomass

Biomass is the burning of wood for electricity. Some claim this reduces carbon emissions because trees burned for energy eventually grow back, re-sequestering the carbon released by burning the fuel. For example, about half of the European Union’s renewable electricity …

Climate Books Worth Reading



Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy
by Hal Harvey

Like a wonky version of Drawdown, this is a serious guide to climate policies that work, with cost/benefit weightings for each. The authors show in …

Cli-Fi (Climate Related Science Fiction): Two Recommendations


I love to read good social/political science fiction. It has a special way of exploring big issues that is accessible, personal, and imaginative. The best social science fiction stories are cast in an incredibly detailed vision of a different time …

Climate action at the legislature

This week our hearts are with everyone affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis, both in our state and around the world. It is heartening to see that the world can act with decisive action to respond to a crisis, …

Action alert: public hearing on Avista rate increase

On Monday, October 28 the Washington agency responsible for oversight of utilities (Utilities and Transportation Commission or UTC) will be in Spokane to receive public comment on Avista’s requested 13.7% rate increase. The Commissioners don’t often come to Spokane, so …

Candidate climate conspiracy

ChoiceThe race for Mayor of Spokane has taken a strange turn. Not only have we learned that one candidate for Mayor refuses to believe the 97% of climate scientists whose research confirms that humans are the dominant cause of global …

Should we call it a crisis?

New Yorker Cartoon

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how we communicate about climate change. Note, this is not, a discussion about whether climate change is happening and whether, if we continue on our current trajectory, it will be catastrophic. Nor …

Persistence Pays: The Ups and Downs of Environmental Activism


WOW!  On May 5, Governor Jay Inslee signed the clean energy bill, SB-5116, along with several other bills to help reduce global warming. After two years of frustrating defeats of carbon tax initiatives here, this was a huge thrill