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Tag: Environment

Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse: A Practical Step

Yesterday the Council’s public safety committee approved a resolution supporting a new prescription drug take-back program in King County. The County is currently recruiting pharmacies willing to host drug take-back drop boxes. Pharmaceutical companies provide funding for the program; pharmacies…

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350 Seattle Say “No Thank You” to Seattle City Light Nominee

Earlier this week, 350 Seattle sent the following letter to their members and supporters. Larry Weis for CEO of Seattle City Light? No thank you. The Seattle City Council is currently considering hiring Larry Weis to be the new CEO of Seattle City Light. Weis recently left a similar position at Austin Energy, the municipal utility […]

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Seattle City Light CEO Confirmation Q&A – Part 1

On February 4, 2016, Larry Weis, the Mayor’s nominee for Seattle City Light General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, appeared before the Energy and Environment Committee for the first of several meetings regarding his nomination. Councilmembers asked him a series of questions. We discussed several areas of concern to Seattle, including climate change, executive pay, and […]

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Seattle’s Clean Water Supply

I’ve been reading about the city of Flint, Michigan, where local, state, and federal government agencies utterly failed to protect its population from lead in its water supply. When that city switched its water supply to the Flint River, it…

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Delta 5’s Victory ‘A win for the planet’

SEATTLE, Washington – Councilmember Mike O’Brien issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the Delta 5 case, in which five climate activists used civil disobedience to blockade a train transporting Bakken shale oil at the Delta rail yard in Everett. The jury in the case ruled the Delta 5 were not guilty of obstruction […]

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On the Paris Climate Conference and the Trial of the Delta 5

On January 12, 2016, we held the first meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee. The committee, in my view, is mandated with providing leadership on environmental policy and energy and allied technology policy. Below are my introductory remarks, regarding the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and the beginning of the trial of courageous climate activists […]

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Final Decisions on 2016 Budget

The Full Council voted to adopt the City’s 2016 budget today, incorporating changes Councilmembers have made from the Mayor’s proposal over the last two months. The Mayor’s proposed budget provided us with a good start, including funding for a hospital-based…

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Round 1 Budget Proposals

Budget deliberations have kicked into high gear here at City Hall. The first deadline for proposals to secure a baseline support of three councilmembers comes this Wednesday. After a couple more rounds of discussion over the next three weeks, the…

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Infographic: How Arctic Drilling Violates Our Laws, Values & Planet

The people of Seattle are doing everything possible to stop the myopic environmental damage caused by Arctic drilling. Some critics have tried to foment a feeling of futility and kowtow popular opposition by shaming ordinary people for participating in our fossil fuel economy. But the point of the popular outcry – its very essence – is […]

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December Council Edition

The December episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Godden, Harrell and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss Downtown protests, the Viaduct, medical marijuana, cleaning up the Duwamish river, and more.

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