State regulators have focused on the safety standards of the train cars themselves. They also want to give communities more notice of when trains will be passing through. The volume of crude oil-carrying train cars has increased 40-fold since 2009, and 100 trains per week may eventually be rolling down the Columbia gorge if all the proposed crude oil terminals are built.
Stung by assertions from some quarters that Republicans “won” the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee dismissed Monday any notion his administration is on the ropes, saying he “wrestled Republicans to the ground.” Inslee said that a couple high-profile defeats — as well as a recent Elway poll that found just 30 percent of voters saying they would “definitely” vote for him in 2016 — contributed to the perception that his administration was foundering.
Washingtonians demand urgent action on climate. If our elected leaders won’t lead us forward, then the people will. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington state’s coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses dedicated to reducing global-warming pollution and strengthening our economy.
Speaking Saturday night before an estimated 12,000 people at the University of Washington’s basketball arena, the Vermont senator addressed some of the issues behind the afternoon confrontation. The candidate drew an even bigger crowd Sunday night in Portland, Oregon, speaking at the home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers to an estimated 19,000 people inside, with thousands more listening on loudspeakers outside.
A well-designed carbon-pricing plan would help shift costs from the public to polluters and create a powerful incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.Inslee has a wonderful passion for fighting climate change; unfortunately, that passion has translated into an impulse to bypass politics with decrees. In the absence of public support, decrees don’t persuade; they produce backlash. So let’s have the debate.
How 1199 SEIU, New York’s ultra-powerful hospital and nursing home employees’ union, took over the Empire State. From these early organizing struggles, former Union President Davis left two key tactical legacies. The first was an appreciation for the benefits of ideology and symbolism. Davis’s second tactical bequest was his discovery that the most effective way to win over hospital management was via government bailout.
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