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Poll Finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

The ECOreport looks into new public opinion research from the Puget Sound, where a poll finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

By Roy L Hales

Though there are a couple of operational projects along the United States eastern seaboard,1 tidal energy is still an infant technology. The Puget Sound is one of the most promising locations on the West Coast. In 2014 developers aborted a proposed project in Admiralty Inlet, between the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island, because of ballooning costs. More recently,  a University of Washington poll finds Washington residents support tidal energy.

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  1. In the United States, Verdant Power first piloted an array of small turbines in the East River of New York as part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project and was the world’s first grid-connected tidal array demonstration. The Maine Tidal Energy Project, led by developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) featured one grid-connected turbine in Cobscook Bay, ME” – Stacia J. Dreyer et al, Changing Tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States, ScienceDirect, Volume 29, July 2017, p 74

US Budget Cuts Threaten Southern Resident Orcas

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the Trump Administration’s priorities, US Budget Cuts Threaten Southern Resident Orcas 

Originally Published on Defenders of Wildlife

By Shawn Cantrell, Northwest Program Director

Puget Sound and Southern Resident orcas are under increased threat from an administration seeking to cut critical programs and funding aimed at their protection.

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Pacific Northwest Forests Are At A Crossroads

The ECOreport reposts a promotion/review of “People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest “- Pacific Northwest Forests Are At A Crossroads

Originally Published on Oregon State University 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest faces two stark choices for managing its forests, scientists suggest in a new book. One choice leads to stagnant or declining rural communities and risks to some native species, and the other leads to environmental benefits and increases in employment.

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Washington State Finds Longview Coal Terminal Would Cause Significant Harm

The ECOreport reposts news about the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Washington State finds Longview coal terminal would cause significant harm

Originally Posted on Columbia Riverkeeper

April 28, 2017 (LONGVIEW, WA) – Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium. “The multiple findings of significant, adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated mean that Ecology and Cowlitz County should deny Millennium’s permit applications. Any other outcome would be scientifically and legally unsupported,” states Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

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Pacific Northwest Fires Change The Forest Ecology

The ECOreport reposts news of a study showing Pacific Northwest fires change the forest ecology

Press Release from Oregon State University News

By Nick Houtman

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, severe blazes account for a higher proportion of the area burned than in the past.

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Forcing Scott Pruitt To Protect Salmon from Climate Change

The ECOreport looks at how an environmental coalition is  forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change

By Roy L Hales

Though Scott Pruitt’s antiquated beliefs on climate change are no secret, the recent disclosure of 7,500 emails shows how closely the former Oklahoma Attorney General used his position to further them. According to Amy Attwood, endangered species legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, “No right-wing cause seemed to be off-limits to Pruitt’s public office as he focused on weakening protections for the climate and endangered species.” He is about to get another chance. Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources have filed a suit forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change.

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The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

The ECOreport reposts a story showing the impact of rising temperatures: The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

Originally Published on UW Today

By Hannah Hickey

Mountain glaciers have long been a favorite poster child of climate change. The near-global retreat of glaciers of the last century provides some of the most iconic imagery for communicating the reality of human-driven climate change.

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Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick

The ECOreport reposts another expose of the incoming American Administration, Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Reports of President-elect Trump’s nomination of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior have drawn outrage and concern from conservation groups and public trust advocates.

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North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

The ECOreport looks into why the EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1In what may soon be the type of action relegated to history, on November 29 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criticized the U.S. Army Corps draft environmental impact statement for what could be the the largest coal export terminal in North America, “because it fails to consider adverse impacts from the project.”  The EPA calls federal review of Longview Coal Terminal inadequate.

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