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How the Columbia River Gorge was saved

Smoke billowed from the wreckage of a Union Pacific oil train only yards from the Columbia River last weekend, emphasizing a nightmare scenario drawn by…

A death blow to coal ports in Washington?

A firmly worded federal ruling Monday has seemingly quashed the hopes of developers of a giant coal-export terminal north of Bellingham. The findings, celebrated by…

Coal exports stopped by Lummi Nation fishing rights?

Environmental reviews of a coal-export terminal that would be the largest in the nation were summarily suspended on April 1 — but it was no…

With coal on the wane, Longview may turn to oil exports

Monday’s announcement of yet another bankruptcy in the coal business elicited cheers from climate activists seeking to halt coal export terminals along the Washington coast.…

The Northwest’s coming clashes over fossil fuel exports

Big Energy’s rush to the Pacific will hit some serious roadblocks next month, kicking off a year that will be full of big-time politics over…

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…

The fall of John Kitzhaber

The political kettle in squeaky clean Oregon boiled over Friday as Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in the face of weeks of controversy that embroiled the…

Splitting state in two? An invitation to talk

“The Western part of the Territory appears to the people of this valley like some foreign land, and it is about as little talked of…

Lummi Nation: Pacific Gateway Terminal would violate our treaty rights

The Lummi Nation, bolstered by a critical Environmental Impact Study released last month, filed a request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week.…

Pipeline expansion proposal in B.C. has Washington groups worried, too

Kinder Morgan’s plans to boost the export of Alberta tar sands oil to Asia through its British Columbia pipeline picked up more opposition south of…

Coal ports’ critics question the economics

Developers of two giant coal-export terminals proposed in Washington “are facing severe headwinds” in a volatile global energy economy, a nationally-known consultant on the economics…

Why Scotland’s failed independence may be good for the U.S.

Scots and their clansmen and compatriots elsewhere were watching the Internet results Thursday night, expecting the question of independence might not be decided until Scottish…

Will Scotland secede?

Scotland is a nation without a country; or so say those who back a September 18 vote to break three centuries of union with England…

Coal export plan suffers setback in Oregon

An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of…
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