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Washington State takes strongest clean commercial buildings action in the nation

by Stephanie Noren on April 22, 2022

State Building Code Council adopts energy codes requiring new commercial buildings to heat with electricity

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Freeway expansion and climate action don't mix

by Jonathan Lee on April 15, 2022

Freeway expansion and climate action don’t mix As youth-organized climate protests against the Oregon Department of Transportation’s proposed Interstate 5 freeway expansion project enter their 25th week, elected leaders in Washington State are also reckoning with the climate and community consequences of freeway expansion.

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Are we ready to handle all-electric transportation? You bet we are.

by Leah Missik on April 8, 2022

Research shows that a 100% clean electrical grid can handle the task of powering all-electric transportation. With smart charging practices and increased use of transit, the transition will reduce costs and improve our health—on top of the climate benefits. Part of our Transforming Transportation series.

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Manchin accepts new leadership roles

by Stephanie Noren on April 1, 2022

Headlines on Joe Manchin and wind power in Texas; environmental justice and access to clean air; and other news on climate and clean energy. Warning: includes April Fools Day jokes alongside actual news!

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Fueling Destruction

by Leah Missik on March 30, 2022

Russia’s colonial warmongering and brutal domestic oppression are funded by the sale of fossil fuels. Saying no to Russian oil and gas is only a first step: for our climate and for human rights, we must move away from fossil fuels no matter where they come from.

What Washington legislators did (and didn't) on climate

by Climate Solutions on March 25, 2022

It happened fast, but Washington’s short legislative session has come to a close.

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Voice Your Comments on NW Natural's Proposed Rate Increase

by Greer Ryan on March 22, 2022

NW Natural—Oregon's largest fossil fuel utility—wants to raise gas prices by nearly 12 percent. By supporting further growth of the gas industry, this rate hike will increase energy burdens for already struggling Oregon families, worsen the climate crisis, and pollute the air we breathe.

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Clean energy. Fossil-fueled crisis. Tipping points are here

by Jonathan Lawson on March 18, 2022

In this week's ClimateCast: clean energy results from the Oregon and Washington legislatures; fossil fuels and the Ukraine humanitarian crisis; and the EPA takes action on truck emissions

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Following historic progress, WA continues with incremental steps

by Kelly Hall on March 15, 2022

In 2022, the Washington Legislature built upon the transformational shift we’ve begun in recent years; lawmakers took important steps in a few key areas, but hesitated in others.

Overwhelming majority of public comment again demonstrates strong statewide support for clean buildings action by State Building Code Council

by Stephanie Noren on March 11, 2022

Washington State could soon lead the nation in energy codes for commercial and multifamily buildings; State Building Code Council to vote on triennial code updates at April 22nd meeting

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