Don’t lose the lesson

Stories like this are super-encouraging. But let’s not lose the lesson. As we move towards more sustainable ways of transportation, if we don’t do something about crass capitalism, we won’t have gained much ground. Electric vehicles and energy production still require responsible extraction, production, and recycling of every component and by-product. Tesla is working toward […]

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Have care

I started watching “Poldark” recently and am enamored with the way the script is written and acted. So, I have decided to use it as much as possible. I’m a weirdo like that. So, when I say “have care” I intend for you to be very careful about how your attention is used and applied […]

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Single issue voter

I have never wanted to be a single issue voter, but I’ve come to realize that if we don’t have environmental justice and equity, if we don’t make environmental health our number one priority, if we don’t have respect for the natural world and all her inhabitants, we can’t have justice, health, or a respectful […]

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Let the people speak

We are caught in an endless, vicious, unproductive cycle where we think we elect people to positions of power to represent us – but then they are swallowed up into the machine and courted, swayed, and bullied by industry representatives. Every two years or so, the election cycle begins – politicals step up, make promises, […]

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I called the governor…

….a punk-ass bitch. Not to his face. Or even in direct communication with him. No, I threw this insult at him over social media. Twice. Just so you have context. A couple of my contemporaries gave me side-eye glances at having done this thing. I could have used more polite words. I could have called […]

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Perfect analogy

Industry has a very weird way of looking at the world and I got a glimpse of this the other day while out and about having a beer. We sat down at a community style table and the guys next to me were having a very animated discussion that I wasn’t the least bit interested […]

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

I just sent the following letter to Ben Blank, Climate Policy Section Manager at ECY. I think that we deserve to understand how a greenhouse gas emissions inventory registers the oil industry as zero for methane and does not show any measurement for nitrous oxide, which is twelve times more damaging than methane. When a […]

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Monitoring the air

I recently acquired a Plume Air Monitor to monitor more than just PM2.5. I like Plume because it’s portable and reliable. My plan is to start spending time at select sites around the Port of Tacoma with my Plume attached to start gathering baseline data. On a separate note, it has become a point of […]

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Air Quality Monitoring – VOC

Here is a 20 minute video that should help you get a little education about VOCs and how they get measured. This is an explanation pertaining to clip on sensors. There’s some good information in here, but you will kind of have to extrapolate in consideration of ambient monitoring of VOCs. Note – I’m not […]

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This is a small survey I created to begin the conversation in the community about the correlation between air quality and health. The questions are not intended to establish correlation and causality – instead, the questions are designed to gauge interest and awareness within the community about our health and how we might be impacted […]

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Back to it

It’s been a while since I have put enough words together, in a thoughtful way, to qualify as an article. The time has been spent working, studying economics, and living. The time has come for me to get back to writing articles. I’m a bit out of practice, but I hope to get back in […]

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Upcoming events:

August 28 – Tideflats Subarea Plan – August 28, City Hall, Noonish?   Change doesn’t come overnight. We know that this is a long battle. While the port and the city continue to drag their feet on this process, they are not dragging their feet as far as encouraging/allowing industry to push new projects and […]

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