Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers | Environment | The Guardian

It is clear, that it is time to put significant pressure on Google to end this backing of radical rightwing anti-science think tanks. Please use Duck Duck Go, Bing or any of the other search engines out there. Deny Google it’s revenues that it is making from you. Switch away from Chrome, uninstall it from your machines, and use any of a dozen good browsers out there. I recommend Firefox, though there are times when it has a few minor incompatibilities. Microsoft’s new Edge browser is now pretty mature, and there are many others.

Additionally, switch out of Google Docs and use any of a variety of good third party freeware for your word processing and spreadsheet needs.

Move to either OneDrive from Microsoft or Dropbox. I use both and find One Drive to be extremely useful especially on Windows computers.

Please, Google is out of control and needs reigning in by the people who fuel it’s money machine.

Firm’s public calls for climate action contrast with backing for conservative thinktanks
— Read on www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/11/google-contributions-climate-change-deniers

This Is Not a Drill: 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Fights Climate Crisis with Direct Action -Democracy Now

Finally, we are seeing the kind of demonstrations demanding action that have been building for the last few years. The US and Canada have been lagging behind other parts of the world in demanding climate action from our leaders. Now, with Extinction Rebellion, we see a real force for getting the kind of “Act Up” urgency into the mainstream  (the people who launched the AIDS crisis demonstrations that galvanized others to demand action).  I’ve not heard of a Extinction Rebellion group here locally. If you know of them, have them contact me. I’d like to do a discussion session with them.

More than 700 people have been arrested in civil disobedience actions as the group Extinction Rebellion kicked off two weeks of protests in 60 cities worldwide, demanding urgent government action on the climate crisis. Its members have superglued themselves to government buildings, occupied public landmarks, shut down roads and taken to the streets to sound the alarm about the impending catastrophe of global warming. Extinction Rebellion, a nonpolitical movement, launched last year in the U.K. and rose to prominence in April, when it disrupted traffic in Central London for 11 days. For more about the significance of the coordinated global protests, we speak with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook.

Linwood Laughy: Time for BPA to act on dams | The Spokesman-Review

An excellent short overview on the issues facing the Snake river dams.

The Bonneville Power Administration’s challenges include a disappearing California market for BPA’s surplus energy, aging assets requiring major capital investment, and the rapid expansion of Northwest wind and solar capacity, among others.
— Read on www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/dec/22/linwood-laughy-time-for-bpa-to-act-on-dams/

A day in Seattle without a car

This is for those of you not living in Seattle, but who travel there. I was fortunate enough to get a wonderful sunny warm day to visit the city. I needed to get to a doctor appointment on Capital Hill, a Shiatsu massage following that near Yesler Way in the old Japanese district, and then back to the Ferry terminal.

I could have taken the bus, but the timing didn’t work out. There is a direct bus from the Port Townsend Haynes Park & Ride to Poulsbo, and from that drop off there are direct buses to and from the ferry terminal on Bainbridge. They cost less than $10 in total. I would have had to have left at 6AM though for an 11:30 appointment. I decided to drive and see friends while there in Bainbridge.

Since I cut it close with the ferry and the appointment, I took my first Lyft ride. After downloading the app and linking it to Paypal it was easy to book a ride.  I could have done a taxi after seeing the long line in front of the ferry terminal, and felt a bit guilty, but I had booked it on the ferry coming in. Cost $7.00. My parking in Bainbridge was $13.

After the appointment, I walked to Whole Foods for lunch and then to my Yesler Way massage. Distance, approx. 2 miles.I could have hopped on a trolley but the timing didn’t work and the weather was great. The area from Broadway to Yesler is undergoing massive urban changes with many new low rise apartments going in.  The city is rapidly becoming changed from the days when I lived there, up to 2005.

Following the massage, I walked to Yesler and found a Lime bike sitting there. I had never used one, followed the instructions, downloaded the app and ended up riding the Ebike over Yesler’s hill, past the old Yesler Terrace (which is being/has been torn down for more modern low income housing), and down to the ferry terminal. Cost? $3.75. Taken from my Paypal account. But better than that was that it was fun! Not riding with a helmet was wonderful, though I know some might balk at it. By the way, Yesler has a separate well marked bike lane on it, so you are not competing with cars very much. The Lime bike had plenty of power and good brakes when stopping and starting on a hill. It punches in to get you going then backs off once you are peddling.

What I learned is that while I love to walk Seattle, and usually do, if needing to get around quickly, beyond the usual bus transit, there are a wide variety of easy low cost ways to move around the city without bringing your car, especially if the weather is good.

 

B.C. announces $4M in rebates for home and work EV charging stations – CBC

Can we get this here? Might do the job of a carbon tax in moving people to EVs.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-announces-4m-in-rebates-for-home-and-work-ev-charging-stations-1.5298750

To qualify for new rebates, documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2020

The province has announced $4 million in rebate incentives through CleanBC for home and work installations of electric vehicle charging stations.

At a news conference in Vancouver on Thursday, Michelle Mungall, the minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, and George Heyman, the minister of environment and climate change strategy, said the new EV infrastructure incentives are part of an effort to make the switch from gas to electric vehicles more affordable and accessible for B.C. residents.

Washington State Ferries launches new whale alert app -KIRO

More good news. And well designed to keep the public from mobbing the whales.

Washington State Ferries launches new whale alert app
Washington State Ferries has launched a new whale report alert app to help provide ferry captains with more accurate location information on whales throughout Puget Sound. Recreational boaters will be able to report whale sightings on the app, but will not have access to the app data. Access to data from the Whale Report Alert System will only be available to commercial operators like ferries, ships and tugs. (KIRO)

Their back! Cooke Aquaculture that is.

Proposal made to raise steelhead at area fish farms
The company whose collapsed fish farm off Cypress Island in August 2017 allowed hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon to be released into the region’s waters may use its remaining net pens to raise steelhead trout.  That company, Cooke Aquaculture, has applied for permits to begin raising steelhead at its floating facilities in Puget Sound, where the state Legislature no longer allows the raising of Atlantic salmon. On Tuesday, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife announced plans to approve those permits. Fish & Wildlife also determined the proposal doesn’t warrant an environmental impact statement, or EIS, under the state Environmental Policy Act. “This proposal will likely not have a significant adverse impact on the environment,” Fish & Wildlife documents state. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

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