Even if the incoming Trump Administration retreats from climate action, as many fear, state and local governments may fill the gap on climate policy. Our latest Issue Backgrounder takes a closer look, and offers sources and resources to help you cover the more localized climate stories that may result.
Northwest (OR WA)
"Federal regulators announced Friday they won't reconsider their decision to deny permission for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay and a feeder pipeline stretching halfway across the state."
"Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said."
"The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park – returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades."
"The agency released a harsh critique of the draft environmental review of the proposed Longview coal terminal."
"Year after year, volunteers return to tributaries of the Klamath River, just like the fish they’re trying to help do the same thing."
"TULALIP, Wash.— The flat-bottom boat weaves across bends in the broad, mud-colored Qwuloolt Estuary, scaring up squawking blue herons and geese along the sloping banks of muck. Scattered log booms poke out."
"The trial in a lawsuit by a broad coalition of environmental groups seeking to force BNSF to cover its coal-train loads to prevent water pollution began Monday in federal court in Seattle."
"The nation’s first state ballot measure to impose a carbon tax on fossil fuels failed Tuesday on a crowded slate of statewide initiatives in Washington."
"A carbon tax proposal in Washington state, scheduled for the ballot on Tuesday, has been drawing national attention for weeks as a result of the unexpected controversy it’s inspired among environmental groups, many of whom have outright opposed the initiative."