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Why Do Self-Driving Cars Get Climate Cred?

Local experts weigh in on why cars could (maybe) be (part of) the answer.

 

With The Middle Fork Road Now Paved, Will the Valley Get ‘Loved to Death’?

Managers know parking will be a problem, but say solutions are on their way.

 

International Campaign to #StopSucking Plastic Straws Launches in Seattle

And next summer, Seattle will begin enforcing a law banning all single-use plastics—including straws.

 

Heavy Smoke Returns to Seattle as Wildfires Burn

The largest of a dozen fires in the state has burned more than 95,000 acres.

Car-Free Hiking! Metro Launches Shuttle to Select Trails

The Issaquah Alps program could lead to transit service to farther-out areas like Mailbox Peak.

Advocates Call for Puget Sound Energy to Speed Up Coal Plant Closure

“If we’re going to make any progress on climate, it’s going to have to come from the state level and the single most important thing we can do in this state to act on climate is to shut down Colstrip.”

Divest City Pensions From Fossil Fuels? Probably Not

The SCERS Board did not vote either way Thursday. But financial advisers say: Don’t do it.

Climate Activist Ken Ward Won’t Go to Prison

Threatened with 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines, Ward was given 30 days community service.

‘Pruitt Blew It’: At the EPA, Resistance Is Just Part of the Job

Current and former staffers say morale is low at the watchdog agency. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up.

Seattle Commits to Paris Accord, Calls for End to Coal-Fired Power in Washington

A City Council resolution calls for Puget Sound Energy to stop using coal by 2025.

Split Decision: Valve-Turner and Climate Activist Ken Ward Convicted On One Count

Ward faces prison time for shutting down a pipeline. He says it’s time to end “incremental thinking.”

As Trump Drops Paris Climate Agreement, Washington Activists and Leaders Double Down

350 Seattle immediately urges Governor Inslee to lead a “Power Past Paris” bloc of climate-friendly states.

Activists Shut Down More Than a Dozen Chase Bank Branches Across Seattle

And more than two dozen were arrested during an anti-pipeline action Monday.

Next Up For Anti-Pipeline Activists: JP Morgan Chase

“I know it makes people uncomfortable. But that’s the only way they’re listening.”

Carbon Tax Now, or Carbon Tax Later? Some Say It’s Just a Matter of Time

A new carbon tax bill just landed in the state legislature – the fourth one this session.

Skagit County Jury Refuses to Convict Six of Those Arrested During ‘Break Free’ Climate Protests

So far, all the criminal-trespass trials have resulted in convictions. On Friday, the jury hung.

Murray Gets Behind Effort to Divest City Pension Fund From Fossil Fuels

“It’s pretty strong—we’re very pleased with the letter and the Mayor’s stance.”

Your Best Chance to See Bald Eagles Near Seattle? Try the Landfill

Little did I know that a dump tour would start to feel like a wildlife safari.