First EPA chief accuses Republicans of ignoring science for political gain – The Guardian

William Ruckelshaus, who this week will receive the presidential medal of freedom, says candidates are harming US’s reputation ahead of Paris climate talks

The man considered the father figure of environmental protection in the US has attacked Republicans for “going through all the stages of denial” over climate change, accusing leading presidential contenders Donald Trump and Marco Rubio of ignoring science for political gain.

Video on Forage Fish.

A good quick overview on why forage fish are important and why so many organizations are working on protecting the near shore.

<p><a href=”″>Forage Fish of the Salish Sea</a> from <a href=”″>Friends of Skagit Beaches</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Photo of the day – Saddleback Gunnel

 Saddleback Gunnel – Point Hudson at Port Townsend by Bruce Kerwin 

Working towards change

This New Republic article is a superb overview on why the supporters of Bernie Sanders, and Democrats in general,need to expand their vision if they want to really accomplish anything. If you are working for change read this and forward to your friends in Red states.

The real road to progressive victory doesn’t run through the White House in 2016, but the states in 2020. Those races will decide who controls the next round of redistricting—and whether Republicans can largely lock down majorities in state capitals and Washington for another decade, as they did after their sweeping wins in 2010. “In Congress, the Tea Party lunatics have taken over the asylum,” says Dan Cantor, national director of the Working Families Party. “It’s state legislatures where progressives need to win back power.”

Photo Of the Day – Juvenile Wolf Eel at Point Hudson

Another great shot by Bruce Kerwin off the Point Hudson Jetty.

Juvenile Wolf Eel  Port Townsend

Ecology working on new rules for movement of oil – Skagit Valley Herald

The long running debate on the oil and coal trains continues. This effects the Peninsula because of the vast increase in freighter and tanker traffic with increased rail cars bringing the product here, to be used or transshipped. 

The state Department of Ecology is developing new rules for transporting oil by train and pipeline. The changes could require companies moving oil through the state to improve accident response plans and provide advanced notice about the movement of oil. The changes could go into effect as early as 2016. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

State considers conservation options for marbled murrelet – Skagit Valley Herold

Some of the marbled murrelet habitat is in western Jefferson County. 

The state Department of Natural Resources is reviewing conservation plan options for the marbled murrelet, a seabird that is found along the state’s coast, including several bays on Skagit County’s shoreline. The state agency worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft five strategies to conserve the bird’s habitat. The options would protect between 594,000 and 734,000 acres of land managed by Natural Resources. The marbled murrelet is considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act, meaning it is likely to become endangered. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)


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