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Clean Electricity Rule To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Plants Moves Closer To Passage In Washington

Electric utilities in Washington would have to phase out all coal power, and eventually, natural gas-fired generation under a measure passed by the state Senate last week. The 100 percent clean electricity mandate is a priority of Gov. Jay Inslee and environmental groups, but Republican critics decried it as a big rate increase in the making. Continue Reading Clean Electricity Rule To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Plants Moves Closer To Passage In Washington

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File photo. Glacier Peak volcano Washington's central Cascades. CREDIT: Walter Siegmund/Wikimedia/Creative Commons BY-SA 3.

Congress Passes Big Public Lands Protection Bill. Washington’s Methow And Yakima Valleys Benefit

The Natural Resource Management Act includes a little of everything — meant to satisfy public land interests all over the country.
The land-conservation measures have received a lot of attention. But there are other provisions in the bill concerning the Northwest, among them wildfire risk, research and air quality resources, hunting on public lands, water management for the Yakima Valley. Continue Reading Congress Passes Big Public Lands Protection Bill. Washington’s Methow And Yakima Valleys Benefit

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A protester holds a sign stating during a Kinder Morgan (Trans Mountain) Pipeline rally on Sept. 9, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. CREDIT: WILLIAM CHEN/WIKIMEDIA/CREATIVE COMMONS

Canadian Regulators OK Trans Mountain Pipeline, With Impacts On Traffic Through Washington Waters

On Friday, Canadian regulators endorsed the long-fought oil pipeline, which would bring more oil vessels through Washington state waters. The Canadian government proposal would lengthen the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which would allow the country to ship more oil overseas and bring in higher prices. Now, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to approve it. Continue Reading Canadian Regulators OK Trans Mountain Pipeline, With Impacts On Traffic Through Washington Waters

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